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Easter Train in Newton Abbot

A FREE ‘Eggstraordinary Easter Trail’ in Newton Abbot has proved to be a hit with families.

The adventure, organised by Town Development Manager Sally Henley in conjunction with museum and library staff, involved a hunt for 15 egg-related objects placed in the windows of shops and businesses throughout the town.

Children had to note where they’d found the hidden treasures then hand their completed forms to staff at the library or museum.

Hundreds of people took part and on April 19 the first name to be drawn from the winner’s hat was that of nine-year-old Jack Purver from Kingsteignton.

He was presented with a £40 Austins voucher, a Lego kit and giant Easter egg.

‘I feel quite good about winning,’ he quipped as the prizes were piled into his arms.

‘The trail was something to do rather than being stuck inside and I look forward to the next one.’

Pleased with the trail’s reception from the public, Sally said: ‘We had a huge entry to this event and lots of feedback saying that participants had really enjoyed themselves.’

‘I certainly saw lots of families out and about over Easter, clutching their entry forms.

‘Participating businesses were equally enthusiastic with some saying it was the first time families had come across them.

‘It’s fair to say the trail was a great success and I thank everyone who took part, not least Austins for their sponsorship which also included a £20 voucher and Easter egg for second place contestant James Heiss, also nine years old.

‘I’m looking forward now to setting up another free trial for the summer holidays so watch this space!’

Pictured outside Austins

Left – right: Sally Henley, Austins Senior Manager Deborah Maloney, Charlotte Dixon, Jack Purver and Matthew Lovell from Libraries Unlimited.