The World's Oldest Easter Egg?

14/08/2014 17:00 | Updated 20 May 2015

Is this the world's oldest Easter egg?

Research suggests we should eat all our Easter eggs in one sitting to save our teeth – but it seems Maureen Harrison missed that advice. Maureen, 71, from Doncaster, is the proud owner of what is thought to be the world's oldest - uneaten - Easter egg.

Maureen has saved the sugary treat for 65 years. She was given the decorated egg in 1949 when she was just six years old, but was told by her grandmother that eating it would make her sick.

She has resisted the urge to tuck in ever since, and has now become a bit of a celeb in the bizarre world of Japanese television – she's been filmed for hit TV show Dream Passage.

The solid white sugar egg has started to discolour slightly, and has a small hole in the centre, but it's still in its original paper packaging, and has its blue and pink flower decoration intact.

Speaking about her egg – and her will power – Maureen said: "I got it as an Easter treat when I was a little girl. It was 1949 and I can remember my grandma telling me that if I ate it, it would make me sick.

"I did what I was told and those words obviously stuck with me because, from that day to this, I have never had a taste. Over the years I always thought it was too beautiful to break, so I just left it in a cupboard.

"I don't suppose it would taste very nice now after all those years. I am amazed it hasn't fallen apart or just crumbled, although it is breaking a bit now due to its age.

"I would love to find out a bit more about it. People are amazed when I tell them how old it is. Someone had told me it could be the world's oldest Easter egg. It is very delicate because of its age. I keep it in a cupboard in a safe place, I don't like to handle it too much because it is precious and means a lot to me."


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