A great-grandmother believes she could have the world’s oldest unopened Easter egg, which she has cared for and kept in the original packaging for the last 73 years
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A great-grandmother believes she has the ‘world’s oldest’ unopened Easter egg that’s 73-years-old – trumping the previous estimate by 11 years.
Yesterday, we shared the story of Hillion Fern and her 62-year-old Easter egg, which she was given by her father, Aubrey Daulman, when she was 11-years-old.
It was believed that was the oldest unopened easter egg in the world, but now June Dawlton, 80, has come forward and said that to her, a 62-year-old egg is considered nearly new.
She was given a white sugar Easter egg by her brother a whopping 73 years ago – and since then it’s survived three house moves without so much as a crack.
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Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mirror, June said: “I had it when I was a seven-years-old and I’m nearly 81, so that’s quite old. It was a nice white sugar one, and inside was a little cardboard boy and girl I think, with a little lamb.
“Now the sugar has turned brown but I’m still holding onto it.
“A couple of years ago it was still white with a bit of brown, but now it’s totally brown.”
Dating back to 1949, June’s Easter egg is older than Meryl Streep, predates the moon landing, and was made while King George VI was still on the throne.
Despite being a child of just seven at the time, June, from Haverhill, Suffolk, decided not to eat the chocolate egg because “it just looked so nice”.
She said: “It was a gift from my brother and sister in law, that was when they were courting.
“I think it was bought from Dalston in Hackey, from a little tobacconist by the station.
“It’s just been stored away, my brother stored it for a few years then he gave it back to me. It’s just been in the cupboard. It’s in its original box, the packing is proper cellophane – you don’t see that so much these days.
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“The egg’s moved house about three times, it’s still whole. It will remain whole, I don’t know what they’ll do with it when I move on – maybe they’ll throw it in a skip.”
Similarly, Young Hillion Fern also thought her egg was “too pretty to eat” and decided to keep the sweet treat and left it unopened for 62 years.
Hillion is now 75 and a great-grandmother and the egg is still in mind condition.
The self-confessed chocoholic now spends £80-a-month on a cool storage container to keep the chocolate from melting.
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