Children arrive to go on a treasure hunt around the outskirts of the pub answering clues and filling in a crossword and arriving back with the completed answers. They then decorate some biscuits and then they are given an Easter egg in a box. Inside the pub the staff bar table is loaded with cups and saucers and everyone is encouraged to take a cup of tea or coffee and then move into the dining room where the tables are loaded with croissants. The Slad society organises the event and gave the pub £100 for refreshments. Free blackcurrant and orange squash is available for the children.
Some walkers join the fun as do a bevy of dogs on leads.
The children work quietly decorating the biscuits with coloured eatable tubes of ‘paint’ and tiny sprinkles that stick to the ‘paint’. Gradually more hunters return and begin their painstaking task of decorating biscuits and dipping into their chocolate egg. Once the dining room fills up families grab a coffee and croissant and use the terrace tables and some older guardians take the opportunity to have an early pint prior to the usual pub opening times.
This is an inter-generational activity with many grandparents joining their grandchildren for this family activity centred at the pub.
Gradually more piping voices are heard rising above the adults’ quiet engagements. The organiser has to keep apologising for the obvious mistake in the crossword but it is all taken in good heart. Around 90 people are now here at 11.45 with children queuing to hand in their crosswords and receiving their Easter egg gratefully. Another loud piping voice is heard saying ‘mummy I need some more’.
A girl presents her decorated biscuit to Wendy in the staff bar and she says ‘Allora, you have made me cry’.
It’s 11.45 and the sun comes out; the ‘common table’ is packed with children and surrounded by adults; the terrace is full and a jolly Bank holiday mood is evidenced. Wendy slides through the throng, clearing up, and making things look attractive as she goes. Gradually the families begin to depart and the pub gets back to its day job serving lunches to hungry walkers and ales to thirsty holidaymakers