A COMMUNITY CELEBRATES EASTER with local businesses, ward councillors and voluntary groups  joining forces to make it an even more special occasion for local children and families to enjoy.

Pallion Traders are working in partnership with the Parker Trust and Pallion Action Group to organise an Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday 12 April, as part of family activities over the school holidays.

It begins at 11am with the first clue at the Parker Trust community building in Kayll Road with further clues along the route to St Luke’s Terrace which will be specially decorated for the occasion with Easter related artworks.

St Luke’s Terrace will be ‘dressed’ with Easter bunnies, Easter eggs and many other characters. Pallion Traders have involved 17 shops who will each have an Easter egg hidden, with a clue to find the next one with a hunt map to guide the children and families taking part.

The end of the hunt will be at Pallion Action Group in East Moor Road, where prizes will be presented with another competition to find the best decorated Easter Bonnet.

Children will also be joined by some special guests from the community Sunderland Education and Training Farm (STEF) in Keelmans Lane, with volunteers bringing chicks, lambs and rabbits along to add to the Easter theme.

Chair of the Pallion Traders, Richard Downey said: “This is the third year we have held our Easter celebration activities for local children and families, and hope that this year will be the best yet.

“We want to provide something for everyone to enjoy, with the Easter Egg Hunt only part of what’s going on over the school holidays.”

Pallion ward councillor and Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson added: “Thriving local communities create a thriving city, and ward councillors and the area committees are part of that on-going process.

“We are delighted to support family events such as these, which bring local people, businesses and voluntary groups together to celebrate where they live.”