Easter events kept families entertained over the long weekend

This Is Local London: Amber, Glen, Max and Sara Stannard enjoyed the Easter fun on the Ongar railway Amber, Glen, Max and Sara Stannard enjoyed the Easter fun on the Ongar railway

The eagerly awaited bank holiday weekend was over in a flash, but not before families had the chance to celebrate at a range of events held across East London and West Essex.

Over the four days communities enjoyed their extended weekend in their own special way, from fashion shows to egg hunts and meetings with the Easter bunny.

A vintage fashion parade and bonnet competition entertained guests at Walthamstow’s Wood Street Indoor Market on Saturday.

Parents and children enjoyed cakes, cocktails and a catwalk show as judges kept an eye out for the best bonnet.

Meanwhile, in Epping Forest, children had the chance to complete an egg hunt before meeting the Easter bunny at the Epping Ongar Railway event, on Saturday.

General manager of the railway, Simon Hanney, said that the Easter fun added something special to the usual train travel experience.

He said: "Children came down and spotted all the eggs and could then go and collect their egg from the Easter bunny. That was very popular.

"It meant the children had something extra to do as well as travelling on the trains and the buses."

In Ilford a family fun day at Valentines Mansion allowed young people to scour the grounds hunting for clues to find hidden Easter treasure.

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