Clacton Pier will be giving out Easter eggs to children during coronavirus lockdown

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.

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.