THE first bunny hopping championship, held in Llangollen during the Easter holiday, was voted a huge success as crowds converged on Oak Street to cheer on competitors.

Eight-year-old Ruby McLaughlin and Sophie Honan, nine, shared the honours in the under-10s race, while Fiona Hardy, 15, took the top prize in the 10-16 age group and the senior title was won by Spanish student Pablo Puerto, who is studying at the ECTARC cultural exchange centre in Llangollen.

The event was organised by the Llangollen Partnership to celebrate the end of the roadworks which have disrupted the town over the past couple of months and to raise money for charity.

Former international football referee John Lloyd, from Wrexham, ensured rules were obeyed.

Judith Dodd, spokeswoman for the Llangollen Partnership, said: 'We had loads of bunnies in all shapes and sizes. It was a truly wonderful event, a lot of fun for everybody concerned and the atmosphere was really lovely.

'The whole town was buzzing and I think it's fair to say there are a lot of happy bunnies in Llangollen now.'

She added: 'We organised the event for two reasons - to tell the world that Llangollen was back in business after the roadworks disappeared and to raise money for Hope House Children's Hospice Appeal. And I'm glad to say the appeal is several hundred pounds better off now.

'It's been such a big success that the bunny hopping world championship looks set to become an annual event. Next year it'll be even better and will include an Easter Bonnet parade and a host of other activities.'