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In typical Campbeltown fashion, the community found a way to come together to make Easter magical despite the Covid-19 restrictions that remain in place.
Last Sunday, on Easter Day, more than 250 youngsters took part in the Wee Toon Easter Walk, an egg hunt taking them on a journey across Campbeltown in search of chocolate treats.
In the weeks leading up to the hunt, main organiser Mandy Robertson, development worker at youth support group The Hub, distributed almost 200 wooden eggs to children in the community to be decorated to line the route.
These were returned to Mandy to be varnished before the walk, in a bid to preserve the youngsters’ colourful artwork.
On Easter morning, Mandy and Nona Ruesgen, manager at Kintyre Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service, placed the decorated wooden eggs along the route, from the ferry terminal to the former paddling pool, back along to the Cutting, round Limecraigs, and back to the ferry terminal.
Mandy and Nona also placed 10 treasure hunt items and a marker for each at various points along the route.
Each child taking part was given a sheet with clues to identify the items, and when they returned to the ferry terminal with a sheet featuring a stamp from all 10 markers, they were given a goody bag containing an egg or chocolate bunny and some other craft items.
There were also a couple of activities for young people to play with along the route.
Mandy took great care to make ensure all Covid restrictions were adhered to on the day, giving people a wide window in which to start the hunt to allow for physical distancing, as well as placing hand sanitiser at each clue and activity.
‘It was a fantastic day,’ she told the Courier afterwards. ‘It was so good to see so many families out and about together, and wee ones excited to meet friends. It has been such a tough time for them and their parents and carers, so I felt it was important for them to have something fun to do.
‘I remember how much we loved going to Carradale as a family for its egg hunt, so I thought why not bring it to town.
‘I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and helped in any way to make this such a successful event. We made up 300 bags and just 23 were left!’
Mandy added that the chocolate treats were purchased with a donation from The Jolly Monday Show from sales of Jerusalema dance stickers; some art packs were donated by Peaches and Dreams Crafts, and the other items were purchased by The Hub through funding from Children in Need for activities for young people; the sheets with the clues were printed by Keeping It Local; and the orienteering clips used as stamps were on loan from Stuart McQuaker and the Physical Education department at Campbeltown Grammar School.