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Doncaster woman’s 65 year old Easter egg to star on primetime Japanese TV show

Maureen Harrison from Armthorpe and her 60 year old Easter egg is filmed for Japenese TV show, 'A Dream Passage'.  L/r Chris Lebert (sound), Ed Wright (cameraman), Kumiko Hasegawa (director), Yasu Kodama (interviewer) and Maureen Harrison.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Maureen Harrison from Armthorpe and her 60 year old Easter egg is filmed for Japenese TV show, 'A Dream Passage'. L/r Chris Lebert (sound), Ed Wright (cameraman), Kumiko Hasegawa (director), Yasu Kodama (interviewer) and Maureen Harrison. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

A 65 year-old Easter egg owned by a Doncaster woman is set to become an unlikely TV star in Japan.

Owner Maureen Harrison of Wallbank Road, Armthorpe, has been filmed for Japanese TV show Dream Passage, a five-minute short programme which features various seasonal events, stories and histories from all over the world after producers spotted a recent Free Press story online about the egg.

The eggs-traordinary tale of the gift, which dates from the 1940s received global attention after first featuring in our paper a few weeks ago.

Crews from the programme flew in from London and Tokyo at the weekend to film the segment which will be aired in the country in the next few weeks.

Production co-ordinator Yasuhiro Kodama said: “It caught our great interest to feature Maureen, the easter egg and its story in our programme.”

The programme will be screened on one of the leading commercial channels in Japan called NTV.

Mrs 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.

It was manufactured in the-then Czechoslovakia in the 1940s and she received the treat as a six-year-old.

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 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.”

 

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