Duck Race 2015

We were rewarded with a break from the rain for the Duck Race at Pantersbridge on Sunday 23 August 2015, but after so many days of rain, the river was running fast…

At 3 pm, Nina launched the ducks from the old bridge, and a team of intrepid duck-chasers (Zak, Patrick and James) was in position in their dinghy, ready to help any stranded ducks on their way.  It was all very entertaining – the ducks rushed off downstream, without even a backward glance towards the dinghy that from the start was struggling to keep up with them.

Those who had watched the launch then rushed towards the weir, not sure if they’d be able to get there before the first ducks started arriving.  But they needn’t have worried – it was still a bit of a wait for the ducks to turn up, as Nina and her helpers waited patiently with their nets to welcome them…

Jasmina and Alan had the barbecue going, the sun came out, and children played and adults chatted away as the ducks came in…

And the winners were:   first prize Richard J, second prize Richard H, and third prize Ben.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success, the duck sellers, duck sponsors, duck launchers, duck chasers, duck catchers and the ducks themselves;  and the barbecuers  –  it made for a great afternoon out, and also raised £146.50 for the Jubilee Hall.

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