A great-grandmother claims she owns the world’s oldest unopened Easter egg which is still in mint condition after 62 years.
Hillion Fern, 75, was given the treat when she was 13 but couldn't bear to eat it - despite being a self-confessed chocoholic.
Her father Aubrey Daulman bought the egg in 1960 from a local shop called Sharps which decorated it with yellow icing in the shape of daffodils.
The nine-inch tall egg is still in its original cellophane wrapping and contains a bag of toffees and chocolates.
Hillion, a retired wildlife trust worker, now pays £80-a-month to have the chocolate egg kept in a cool storage container to prevent it from melting.
Hillion, who has two grown-up children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, said: “I still remember the day I was given it.
“It was simply too pretty that I didn't want to eat it.
“I thought to myself, ‘I'll keep it until Whitsun’ but I then never ate it, so then I thought,
‘Oh, I will keep it until Christmas’ and then Christmas came and went.
“It became a bit of a challenge after that to see how long I could hold out.
“I am quite impressed with my willpower because I have always loved chocolate.
“There was something special about the egg I wanted to keep and after a while it became too precious to eat.”
Hillion is “confident” that the egg is a “world-beater” and said she’s heard of old Easter eggs before but never ones that were unwrapped.
She added it might seem silly to pay for the egg to be stored, but she wanted to make sure it stayed in perfect condition.
Hillion moved from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with her now late husband David to Cardigan, Wales, in 2011.
The egg remained in Warwickshire after Hillion moved to be nearer her daughter in Wales, but she occasionally visits it.
She added: “I couldn't eat it now, even if I wanted to, but it has just become part of the family now and I will keep it forever.”