ALMOST 56 years ago, 17-year-old Judith Bowen, bought this egg for her mother as an Easter gift.
Now all these years later, it is still gift wrapped in exactly the same condition as it was first sold.
Judith, now 73, who lives in Wootton, stumbled upon the egg 10 years ago in a sideboard untouched and still in its original packaging while going through her mother’s things after she had passed away.
She said: “I used to work at Irvine Air Chutes of Great Britain in Hertfordshire and one Thursday after being paid on my lunch break I went into a newsagents in the High Street in Letchworth and thought ‘I’ll buy mum one of those’ not for any special occasion but just for a treat.
“I took it home for her and she loved it but I never knew that she had kept it for all those years and then we found it in a cardboard box after she died with other things I had given her like a Christmas card from when I was young. The egg was still the same as when I gave it to her. It is still very pretty, it was handmade and very special.
“I could never part with it now and yet it has been 10 years since we found it.
“It was made by a company called Gold Star Hand Made Sweets of Saffron Walden in Essex. I would love to find out if they were still in business or what happened to them.”
There is no current world record for the oldest unopened Easter Egg but two years ago, Hillion Fern from Nuneaton believed she had the oldest egg at 50 years old.
Now 52, that egg is still younger than Judith’s.
The oldest opened chocolate egg in the world was 70 years old and was discovered in a loft by Moir Taylor, then 63, at her home in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, in 2008.
Judith said: “I saw a story in The Sun newspaper last year I think about someone who had a 30 year-old egg and I thought, ‘I can beat that! Mine is 56 years-old!’”