Clacton Pier has announced that about 300 children will be receiving Easter eggs over the coming weekend.

Staff ordered large haul of chocolate treats to give away to youngsters, but the current coronavirus lockdown meant that they were left wondering what to do with the eggs.

However, after contacting the Salvation Army’s food bank in Clacton-on-Sea, the problem was solved.

The seaside attraction is now able to give Easter eggs to children who may otherwise not have received one.

Many families are facing difficult times at the moment and the Salvation Army is doing a fantastic job helping to meet their efforts to put food on plates. We know these chocolate goodies will go to deserving kids and hope that it will put a smile on their faces.

Elliot Ball, Pier Director

The Pier also decided to send out presents to children who had booked birthday parties in its 'Discovery Bay' soft play area over this period but had them cancelled.

Staff delivered the gifts to local families by keeping a safe distance and posted others to those who live further away.

Rail passengers in Essex and Hertfordshire are also donating Easter eggs to children.

They are using Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow Town, Stansted Mountfitchet and Sawbridgeworth railway stations to donate hundreds of Easter treats for children at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

The donation was organised by Michael King and Lorraine Portnow, who work at Harlow Town Station.

We would like to thank our very generous customers donating the Easter eggs and supporting the Easter egg drive. We care about the local areas which we serve and we’re very pleased to have collected so many treats for children who are in hospital over Easter."

Cathy Kirkland, Greater Anglia’s Assistant Area Customer Service Manager,