Here’s a really eggs-traordinary tale - an Easter egg that’s an incredible 65 years old, and could be one of the world’s oldest.
Maureen Harrison received the egg when she was six, and has clung on to the sweet treat for more than six decades - never touching the decorated egg after a relative told her eating it would make her poorly.
Now she is hoping to crack the tale of the story behind the egg which was manufactured in the-then Czechoslovakia in the 1940s - and hoping it may set a record.
She said: “I got it as a Easter treat as a young girl.
“I can remember my grandma telling me that if I ate it, it would make me sick.
“Those words obviously stuck with me because, from that day to this, I’ve never touched it.”
Mrs Harrison, now 71, received the egg at Easter in 1949 - and, although the decorated confectionery has cracked since then, it is still in its original box.
Decorated with pink and blue icing flowers and green leaves, the solid white sugar egg has started to discolour slightly due to its age and has a hole in the middle.
But Mrs Harrison, of Walbank Road, Armthorpe, has kept the ‘panorama egg’ inside its original box along with its protective paper packaging.
The box features illustrations of children playing, and details of the manufacturer, the Ormil Chocolate Works, in the town of Prerov.
She said: “It is breaking a bit now due to its age, but I would love to find out a bit more about it.
“I always thought it was too beautiful to break, so I just left it.”