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Crowds gather for egg-rolling Easter tradition to celebrate new life

St Bride’s Church holds the annual egg-rolling tradition on Fleet Street, London.

People take part in rolling hard boiled eggs on Fleet Street outside St Bride’s Church, in London
People take part in rolling hard boiled eggs on Fleet Street outside St Bride’s Church, in London (Aaron Chown/PA)

Crowds gathered in London to take part in an annual egg-rolling Easter tradition, which represents “new life” and the resurrection of Christ.

People attempted to roll a hard boiled egg down Fleet Street, London for the longest distance without it breaking.

Winners for the furthest roll are rewarded with a chocolate-related gift, according to St Bride’s Church which organises the tradition every year.

The egg-rolling tradition is designed to celebrate new life and the resurrection of Christ, according to St Bride’s Church
The egg-rolling tradition is designed to celebrate new life and the resurrection of Christ, according to St Bride’s Church (Aaron Chown/PA)

The church describes the tradition and its yearly Easter Dawn Service as “one of the most evocative and unique events in the yearly calendar”.

Photos from the event shows members of the church with brightly decorated, hard-boiled eggs attempting to roll the egg down Fleet Street leaving a trail of broken shell remnants.

The image also shows the verger, a person who assists in organising religious services, leading a procession onto Fleet Street as members of the church attempt egg-rolling.

A member of St Bride’s Church takes part in rolling boiled eggs on Fleet Street outside St Bride’s Church, in London
A member of St Bride’s Church takes part in rolling boiled eggs on Fleet Street outside St Bride’s Church, in London (Aaron Chown/PA)

The event follows the church’s kindling of the Easter fire and dawn services as people celebrate the notion of new beginnings.

St Bride’s Church explains on its website that egg-rolling “symbolises both new life and the rolling of the stone from Christ’s tomb”.