A great-grandmother may be the owner of the world’s oldest unopened Easter egg.
Hillion Fern was 13 when she was gifted an ornately decorated chocolate egg, but she could not bring herself to eat it because it looked so beautiful.
The egg is still in its original cellophane and Hillion hasn’t even eaten the bag of toffees and chocolates that came with it. She now pays approximately £80 a month to have the egg kept in a cool storage container to prevent it from melting.
Hillion said: “I still remember the day I was given it. It was simply too pretty that I didn’t want to eat it. “I thought to myself, “I’ll keep it until Whitsun” but I then never ate it, so then I thought, “Oh, I will keep it until Christmas” and then Christmas came and went.
“It became a bit of a challenge after that to see how long I could hold out. I am quite impressed with my willpower because I have always loved chocolate.
Her father Aubrey Daulman bought the egg in 1960 from a local shop called Sharps and it was decorated with yellow shaped icing flowers.
Hillion commented: “The sugar daffodils used to be bright yellow but now they are turning a bit brown, but the egg is still intact and all of the chocolates and toffees are still inside.
I couldn’t eat it now, even if I wanted to, but it has just become part of the family now and I will keep it forever”.
The egg resides in Warwickshire, England but Hillion has now moved to be nearer to her daughter in Wales. She said, “When I did live nearby I would actually go and visit the egg occasionally.”