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Mayor judges Easter Bonnet Parade in St. Albans


Decision-making was never tougher for the Mayor of St. Albans city and district, Cllr Frances Leonard, as she chose winners in the Easter Bonnet parade at Grasshoppers Day Nursery.

Children at the day nursery in York Road, St. Albans, showed off their creations which boasted a range of spring flowers, chicks, eggs and the odd dinosaur as they vied for four Giant chocolate Easter egg prizes.

“Choosing just four winners is almost impossible as I am hugely impressed with the creativity and skill demonstrated in all the Easter Bonnets,” said the Mayor, who presented each child with a certificate and chocolate treat for their efforts.

Overall winners were Annie King (2), Oscar Marineaux (2) Sophie Perkins (2) and Valerie Howes (2). The Mayor was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Daniel Arbeid (4) and Chloe Whitley (3).

April Hughes, Deputy to Area Manager based at Grasshoppers in St. Albans, said the Easter Bonnet parade – the first at the nursery – was the culmination of themed activities celebrating spring and life cycles.

“Our children are imaginative and creative and their parents are wonderfully supportive; clearly a winning combination when it comes to making Easter Bonnets. We have loved seeing the creations arriving in nursery and the range of materials used. The addition of dinosaurs alongside baby animals has made us all smile,” said April, thanking parents for their effort too.

Spring activities also included making hot cross buns in the preschool room which were sold in aid of Children Today, a charity supporting young people with a range of disabilities and illnesses, which has been adopted by Grasshoppers Day Nursery for a year-long fund-raising drive.

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