ON-LINE ENTRIES ARE STILL OPEN for the annual Penshaw Bowl (Thursday 18 April).

The popular family event staged at Herrington Country Park includes the traditional egg rolling contest being held in the Amphitheatre, with two free to enter competitions at 1 and 3pm grouped by ages.

All the children taking part will receive a small treat provided by one of the event sponsors Sainsbury’s Washington, who are also supplying a range of chocolate prizes including Easer Eggs for the competition winners.

Visitors can register for the egg roll now atwww.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk/penshaw-bowl

Other free family activities available for visitors between 12-4pm include kite flying, petting animals, inflatable foot darts delivered by SAFC’s Foundation of Light, and a craft market.

As part of the event there will also be an Active Sunderland festival (entry charge £2 per person) with the chance for friendly competition in traditional family games, swing-ball, mini-golf and tug-of-war.

The Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller said: “The annual Penshaw Bowl is one of Sunderland’s most popular events, and we hope everyone will come along to help us celebrate this great Easter community tradition.

“I’d urge people to book online in advance as this is a popular event that saw more than 2000 children take part last year.

“We’ve got together with our community partners and event sponsors to provide a full programme of activities for all the family to enjoy in Herrington Country Park on 18 April.”

The Penshaw Bowl will also provide families with the chance to donate to the annual Sun FM Easter Egg Appeal, with the Sun FM Street Stars on hand throughout the day to collect donations

Also an event sponsor, Sun FM are asking people to buy an extra Easter egg (or more) to be distributed to families in need across the community by their colleagues in the Salvation Army (Sunderland Branch).

Sun FM’s Big Drive Home presenter, Tim West said: “The Sun FM Easter Egg Appeal has been a regular fixture in our calendar for many years on Wearside, partnering up with Salvation Army in Sunderland.

“As Wearside’s local radio station, it is so important to give back to the community in any way we can. With the help of tens of thousands of Sun FM listeners here on Wearside, it is made much easier, and we thank them all in advance.

People can also drop-off Easter Eggs at one of the appeal partnersThe Bridges Shopping Centre or The Alexandra Steakhouse in Grangetown, or at Sun FM reception before 12pm on Thursday 18 April.

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