A YORKSHIRE pensioner could be the owner of the world’s oldest Easter egg after keeping the wrapped up treat for 65 years.
Maureen Harrison, 71, has resisted the temptation to tuck in for more than six decades after a relative told her eating it would make her ill.
Mrs Harrison received the egg when she was just six and has kept it untouched ever since.
It was manufactured in the 1940s in what was then Czechoslovakia and, although the decorated confectionery has cracked since, it is still in its original box.
But Mrs Harrison, of Doncaster, 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.”
Mrs Harrison’s egg has drawn attention from around the world, with a television crew from Japan shooting a short programme 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.”