Eggs for Benedict, winner of the Kettering Easter egg hunt

Benedict Barrington collects his prize after winning the Kettering Easter Egg & Word Hunt
Benedict Barrington collects his prize after winning the Kettering Easter Egg & Word Hunt

The winner of the Kettering Easter Egg and Word Hunt has been announced.

Seven-year-old Benedict Barrington was crowned the winner, taking home a selection of prizes, including a giant chocolate egg donated by Thorntons.

A total of 15 businesses in the town centre took part in the event, as 280 children flooded on to shop floors to search for clues and hidden eggs.

To join in, competitors picked up a map from the Manor House Museum for 50p and then searched for the eggs hidden in shops, which each came with a word to to be found in a word search on the map.

Benedict’s mother, Alison, said: “My boys loved doing the Easter Egg hunt around Kettering and I know lots of their friends took part too.

“The whole hunt was well organised and the shops taking part were very kind in helping to give extra little clues.

“Thank you to all who took part for setting up such a fun event.”

Sally Thomas, owner of Bear With Me, one of the partaking shops, said: “The Easter Egg Hunt was brilliant; we had a lot of children through the door.

“Parents told me how much their children really look forward to this annual event, and I look forward to being part of it next year.”

The event was organised by Kettering Council which would like to thank businesses for taking part, especially The Shop in Gold Street, which handed out chocolate treats to everyone involved.

Head of community services at the council Guy Holloway said: “The Easter Egg Hunt was a great success and I am delighted that so many people took part and visited Kettering town centre and its shops this Easter.

“It’s also fantastic to hear that so many families enjoyed taking part, and very well done to Benedict.”