Congratulations to Abi Moran, Quinn Kyle, Alice Johnstone, Tatianna Batovska, Amélie Howe, Holly Hurst and Finlay Hurst, the winners of this year’s Friends of Dorking ‘Dorkers Easter Egg Hunt’ held around the town during the recent school Easter holidays.
Throughout the two-week holiday period, children and families were encouraged to visit over 130 shops and businesses throughout the town, all of which were displaying a knitted Easter character – egg, bunny or chick – within their window. Entrants were challenged to find as many characters as they could, with bonus points being awarded for finding extra hidden treasures along the way.
Over 200 entry forms were received, with over half of the entrants finding all 139 characters hidden around the town!
The winners were presented with special certificates by Dorkers, the Friends of Dorking mascot, at a special prize-giving ceremony at S C Fuller in South Street on Saturday 22nd June, and also each received gift vouchers of either £25 or £15 for the shop of their choice within the town. As a special bonus this year, every prize-winner was also presented with an additional £10 gift voucher from local chocolatier, Danesh Amin, from Cocoa Island.
Wendy Saunders from Friends of Dorking, who organise the Easter Egg Hunt around the town each year, said they had been overwhelmed with the response to this year’s competition, both in terms of the number of entries received and also the support from local businesses, adding, “We really didn’t expect so many people to scour the whole town tracking down every single character, but it just goes to show not only how many intrepid explorers we have around the town, but also what energetic families there are! Families and shops alike told us they had all enjoyed the event enormously.”
The Friends of Dorking would also like to thank the Guerrilla Knitters, together with the residents of The Grange in Bookham, who also have a gift shop in Lyons Court in Dorking, for very kindly knitting the various characters hidden around the town during the event.
The Friends of Dorking are a small group of local business and community-minded people who organise events and activities around Dorking throughout the year, including the town’s Christmas Lights and Summer Hanging Baskets. For further information about the Friends of Dorking and how you can help them brighten up the town, please visit www.friendsofdorking.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow them on Twitter (@DorkingFriends) or Facebook (/FriendsofDorking).