Looking Back: Easter

Easter is traditionally a time for reflection and celebration. When new life bursts forth and spring has truly sprung

Thursday, 18th April 2019, 9:00 am
Easter Bonnet wearers prepared for a parade on The Racecourse, Northampton, April 23, 1962

Easter - a time to celebrate resurrection, rebirth and renewal. As the spring lambs bounce about the fields, daffodils adorn our parks and gardens, and blossom fills the warming air with fragrance and beauty, the holiest of all holidays is celebrated with eggs, bonnets and bunnies. From simnel cake and hot cross buns to chocolate eggs and bonnet parades Easter marks new life.

Easter Bonnet wearers prepared for a parade on The Racecourse, Northampton, April 23, 1962
Nursery children at Caring Kindergartens in Moulton Park in their hand-made Easter bonnets in April 2012

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Mercury & Herald Merry Comrades Easter Bonnet parade in Northampton Guildhall in the late 1960s
Mercury & Herald Merry Comrades Easter Bonnet parade in Northampton Guildhall in the late 1960s
Mercury & Herald Merry Comrades Easter Bonnet parade with probably Tom Osbourne Robinson judging bonnets
Northampton College catering students with a giant easter egg made for charity in Easter 2012
Duston Eldean Primary School Easter Bonnet Parade winners show off their designs in March 2008
Children sit in an Easter garden at Mount Pleasant Church, Northampton, March 25, 1967
Oliver Haywood and son Benjamin make a snow bunny on Easter Sunday morning in Abington Park March 2008