Local shop orders more Easter eggs than population

The store on the island of Sanday ordered nine times more chocolate eggs than needed.

Orkney islands shop orders more Easter eggs than population Sinclair General Store

A shop’s order error has left it with more Easter eggs than the local island population.

Sinclair General Store, on the Orkney island of Sanday, set out to order 80 chocolate eggs but requested 80 cases by accident.

The shop now has 720 eggs in stock for an island with a population of around 500 people.

Owner Dan Dafydd, who made the unfortunate blunder, is now raffling off 100 of the chocolate treats to raise money for the local RNLI lifeboat branch.


The story has reached well beyond the local community with Mr Dafydd saying he had received calls from Australia and Singapore asking to buy tickets – raising more than £300 so far.

“We thought we were going a bit far by getting 200 raffle squares, but we’ve long sold out of them, passed 300 and got another hundred squares,” Mr Dafydd said.

When it came to deciding how to get rid of the excess stock, Mr Dafydd said it was “easy”.

The store set out to order 80 Easter eggs but 80 cases were ordered by Sinclair General Stores by mistake.Supplied

“Our shop manager, Barbra Moody, is the resident of the Sanday branch of the RNLI so it was a really easy decision,” he told STV News.

“It’s nice that my stupidity can do something good for the RNLI, and people on the island love a competition, so it’s worked out for the best.”

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