Children charm in egg-stra special bonnets
By Wells Journal | Thursday, April 05, 2012, 11:00
In their bonnets the children of Wells and surrounding villages certainly were the grandest ladies and gentlemen in the Easter Parade.
They were following in a long tradition which was celebrated by the 1948 film Easter Parade which starred Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.
The Easter bonnet was fixed in popular culture by Irving Berlin who wrote the words and music for the film.
In fact people have been wearing new clothes at Easter for centuries as a symbol of spring and the Christian message.
The great diarist Samuel Pepys writing on March 30 (Easter Day) in 1662 told his tale of Easter finery: "Having my old black suit new furbished, I was pretty neat in clothes to-day, and my boy, his old suit new trimmed, very handsome."
Among the children taking part in 2012 were pupils at Stoberry Park who made their own bonnets for a parade in front of family and friends and the Wells mayor Councillor Danny Unwin.
Older pupils took part in a competition to design and decorate an Easter egg.
Parents, children and staff at St Cuthbert's Pre-School Playgroup enjoyed the spring sunshine at their annual Easter Egg hunt helped along by a visit from Billie Bear (for more about the visit see page 37).
While the children hunted for eggs, parents were able to buy cakes and biscuits from the cake stall run by the pre-school committee, with the whole event rounded off by an Easter raffle.
Pupils in Year 1 at Wells Cathedral School made their hats to raise money for the Chorister Trust.
There were all the colours of the rainbow on show in the bonnets being modelled by the children attending the Stepping Stones playgroup in Wells.
And down the road in Wookey members of the playgroup and the reception class at the school got together for their parade.
This was followed later in the day by traditional Easter songs and an egg-rolling competition for the older pupils.