HUNDREDS of eager egg hunters searched for chocolate around a nature reserve.

About 200 residents hopped along to the Bobbit's Hole Easter egg hunt, in Dovercourt, on Saturday morning.

The hunt was held by Harwich's mayoress Kate Powell, 18, between 10am and noon.

Kate said it was an absolutely amazing day.

She said: "There were more people than I ever expected.

"It was great to see the residents of Harwich and it was great having the community come together for an Easter event.

"We had about 200 people come altogether.

"It went on for two hours and it was great to see so many people turn up."

About £340 was raised from the event which will go towards the Mayoress' Appeal which supports Home Start Harwich and Age Concern Harwich.

For the event children enjoyed games, face painting and a guess the bunny’s name contest.

Kate added: "It started off drizzling but the weather turned out to be great and sunny.

"A big thank you to everyone who came and to Bobbit's Hole."