Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Easter Means More Than Sticky Fingers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Easter Means More Than Sticky Fingers

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Byline: By Beth Neil

With Easter just around the corner, do our youngsters know what it's all about? And how do they choose the perfect egg? Beth Neil plays Easter bunny with one group of children to find out more

Brodie is going to get five, Tim reckons he'll get 10. But Ellice can beat that. She declares with some confidence that she'll be getting 100 Easter eggs this Sunday ... possibly a slight exaggeration.

"What happened on Good Friday?" asks teacher Karen Tagger to Class One at Gosforth's Archibald First School.

The four and five-year-olds stare back, blankly.

"We did this yesterday, didn't we?" says Mrs Tagger. "What happened to Jesus on Good Friday?"

Zoe Harrison knows.

"She died!" replies the excited five-year-old.

Knowledgeable Tom Smith, four, adds that Jesus "came back alive again" on Easter Sunday.

That's the religion bit dealt with. Now for the true meaning of Easter ( chocolate eggs. The youngsters jump up and down in delight as a selection of goodies for them to test is produced.

Each egg is laid out on the little desks in the classroom and the 24 youngsters are asked to stand next to the one they liked the look of the best.

With the hit film still showing at the cinema, it is perhaps hardly surprising that The Magic Roundabout egg (pounds 4.99, Thorntons) wins hands down with six little bodies crowded around it.

"I like the pictures," says Olivia Corrigan.

"Ermintrude is my favourite," proclaims Zoe. "I've seen the film."

The Newcastle United egg (pounds 3.49, Fenwick) proves a hit with the three Alan Shearer fanatics in the class ( Ewan Wyatt, five, Tom Smith, four, and five-year-old Callum Murray-Lovegreen.

"It's a good job it's not a Sunderland egg," says one child, prompting a chorus of boos.

Three children plump for the Bart Simpson egg (pounds 1.99, Fenwick). Charlie Bensley, five, said it's because he likes Bart's skateboard.

"My dad," boasts five-year-old Brodie Gray, "lets me stay up to watch The Simpsons. …

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