A great-grandmother is perhaps the owner of the world’s oldest unopened Easter egg.
Hillion Fern was only 13 when she got the decorated decorated chocolate, but could not bring herself to eat it because it looked so nice.
The egg is still in its original cellophane, and Hillion has not even eaten the bag of caramels and chocolates that it came with.
She now pays around £ 80 a month to have the egg in a cool storage container to prevent it from melting.
Hillion said, ‘I still remember the day I got it. It was simply too pretty for me to eat.
‘I thought to myself, “I keep it for Pentecost,” but I never ate it, so then I thought, “Oh, I keep it for Christmas,” and then came and went Christmas.
‘It became a bit of a challenge afterwards to see how long I could hold out. I’m pretty impressed with my willpower because I’ve always loved chocolate.
Her father Aubrey Daulman bought the egg in 1960 from a local store called Sharps, which decorated it with yellow icing in the form of flowers.
She said: ‘The sugar daffodils used to be bright yellow, but now they are getting a little brown, but the egg is still intact and all the chocolates and caramels are still inside.
‘I could not eat it now even if I wanted to, but it has just become part of the family now and I will keep it forever.
‘There was something special about the egg that I wanted to keep, and after a while it became too expensive to eat.
‘I’m sure it’s a worldview. I’ve heard of old Easter eggs before, but never unpacked. I’m convinced this is a record.
‘To protect the egg from melting, I paid for it to be stored. It may seem silly, but I want to make sure it stays in perfect condition.
“It’s in Warwickshire but I’ve moved to be closer to my daughter in Wales but when I lived nearby I would actually visit it occasionally.”
Hillion moved from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with her now deceased husband David to Cardigan, Wales, in 2011.
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