Eggcitement in the air for Houghton Regis Easter festival

Easter is coming to Houghton Regis
Easter is coming to Houghton Regis

Creative thrift has been the name of the game as Houghton Regis hosts a truly technicolour Easter festival this Saturday.

Houghton Regis Craft and Coffee club made decorations entirely out of recycled materials for the display between Houghton Regis Library and the Bedford Square Centre, all ready to shine on the big day.

Craft and Coffee organiser Cllr Joanna Hillyard said: “All materials in the display started life as something else.

“The toadstool was a cable drum, the foam-covered rabbit is furniture lining and the grass was made from off-cuts left over from a toy factory.

“The sky was created out of industrial cleaning cloths and 20ft rainbow out of scrap paper.”

She added: “Craft and Coffee are very good at making something amazing out of nothing!”

The fun-filled event starts at 9am and runs until 1pm in Bedford Square.

Sarah Gelsthorp from the Town Council has been heavily involved in arranging the free Easter egg hunt, now in its tenth year.

She said: “The easter egg hunt, competitions and festivities planned will be great fun and we are all very excited about the day.

“We look forward to seeing the children collecting their easter eggs and are sure that everyone will enjoy the activities on offer.”

Mayor of Houghton Regis, Cllr Robert Shimmin added: “I would like to thank Craft and Coffee, Houghton Regis Library, the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Houghton Regis Scout Groups and the councillors and staff from Houghton Regis Town Council for creating an amazing event.”

Jewels Arts and Crafts Shop in Bedford Square will serve tea and hot cross buns, and some children’s activities will also take place.

The Easter extravaganza concludes with an Easter bonnet parade and an egg & spoon race at 1pm in Bedford Square, with free entry.