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Row over dropping of ‘Easter’ from UK ‘egg hunt’

Image ©Licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 01/08/2016. London, United Kingdom. Prime Ministers Official Portrait. Picture by Andrew Parsons / i-Images

A row over the dropping of the word ‘Easter’ from an annual chocolate egg hunt has drawn in senior Church leaders and even the British Prime Minister Theresa May.

On a visit to Jordan, Mrs May told reporters that the UK’s leading heritage charity,  the National Trust, was wrong to remove the word ‘Easter’ from its yearly event.

“I’m not just a vicar’s daughter – I’m a member of the National Trust as well, I think the stance they’ve taken is absolutely ridiculous and I don’t know what they’re thinking about.

“Easter’s very important. It’s important to me, it’s a very important festival for the Christian faith for millions across the world,” she added.

In previous years the National Trust, which owns many of Britain’s stately houses and historic buildings,  has called its children’s event an ‘Easter Egg Trail’. This year the logo was unveiled as the ‘Great British Egg Hunt’.

The chocolate manufacturer, Cadbury’s, which sponsors the event said that it wanted to appeal to non-Christians. “We invite people from all faiths and none to enjoy our seasonal treats.”

A spokesman for the Church of England accused the National Trust of ‘air-brushing’ Easter from its events in Holy Week.

The controversy over the National Trust ‘egg hunt’ follows a similar row between the Church of England and the supermarket, Sainsbury’s over the refusal of the company to stock ‘real’ Easter Eggs.

The ‘Meaningful Chocolate Company’ which produces Easter eggs which include a story-activity book explaining the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, says that its easter eggs are carried widely in other supermarkets but Sainsbury’s refuses to carry them.