You know it’s Easter time in Magilligan when children from the local playgroup don their bonnets, or warm coats as in recent weather, and head towards the Spar shop on Seacoast Road.
For the last 10 years, at least, businessmen and brothers, Harry and George Canning, have been keeping a tradition alive that has become very much part of the community.
“We started it about 10 years ago and the kids love it,” said Harry.
“The kids come down from the playgroup and we give them Easter eggs and a few treats. It’s great and they love it.”
Harry explained the tradition actually started after a Christmas tradition, when children from the playgroup would come down each December and get a free selection box.
“The kids always come down and post their letters to Santa, and then we give them a free selection box,” said Harry.
“It doesn’t cost much and they really enjoy it, and it’s lovely to see them enjoying it and looking forward to it every year.”
Usually, Limavady’s mayor leads the Easter parade and hands out sweets when the kids reach the shop.
However, in a break with tradition, there was no mayor this year due to Limavady becoming part of the Causeway Coast and Glens Council.
Nonetheless, the kids didn’t seem to mind.
“It’s a nice wee tradition now,” said Harry, “and it’s great seeing the excitement of the kids. It’s a nice way to give something back.”