Egg and spoon races from Easter weekends gone by

children in egg and spoon race

Children in an egg and spoon race in Great Finborough, April 1993 - Credit: Archant

Egg and spoon races, alongside the traditional Easter egg hunt, are a classic activity enjoyed at this time of year, as these photos from days gone by show.

A Great Finborough race from 1979

Crowds gather for a Great Finborough race from 1979 - Credit: Archant

Almost every Easter, town and village greens have been alive with families cheering on the egg and spoon race runners.

The community out in force in Wetherden in 1980

The community out in force in Wetherden in 1980 - Credit: Archant

Pictures from our archives show races and egg throwing competitions held over the decades in Great Finborough, Southwold and East Wetherden.

Children enjoying Easter in Wetherden in April 1981

Children enjoying Easter in Wetherden in April 1981 - Credit: Archant

Sadly, there will be no mass gatherings throughout Suffolk this Easter for the second year running as coronavirus restrictions prevent organised meet-ups.

Members of the Great Finborough community in April 1993

Members of the Great Finborough community in April 1993 - Credit: Archant

The first coronavirus lockdown was introduced on March 23 last year, putting a dampener on the Easter celebrations.

A pram race in Southwold, March 1986

A pram race in Southwold, March 1986 - Credit: Archant


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This year the restrictions are slightly less stringent but mass events are still banned so celebrations will be smaller scale this year.

A pram race in Southwold, March 1986

A pram race in Southwold, March 1986 - Credit: Archant

An egg throwing competition in Great Finborough in 2005

An egg throwing competition in Great Finborough in 2005 - Credit: Andy Abbott

Onlookers in Great Finborough in 2005

Onlookers in Great Finborough in 2005 - Credit: Andy Abbott


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