18th Dec, 2017

Quacking time had by all in duck fundraiser for Pershore Carnival

Rob George 7th Apr, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE SECOND annual Duck Race to raise cash for Pershore Carnival saw approximately 400 ducks take to the water.

Organisers moved many attractions indoors because of the expected high winds but the popular race was still able to go ahead.

The event was once again held on the river next to Pershore Town Football Club who hosted the event and provided refreshments in the club house.

Ducks were sold on the day as well as many being sold around town in TC Fireplaces, Sweet Traditions and the Brandy Cask.

Easter Egg hunts were also held on the day, one for younger and one for older children, with clues scattered around the football club grounds spelling out a word.

Entries when then added into a draw with the lucky winners picking from a selection of Easter prizes.

There were some fun fair attractions in the car park as well as a raffle and some home-made Easter bakes made by Jessica Frost.

Despite the wind blowing against the current, almost cancelling each other out, the race was able to go ahead upstream

The 400 ducks were dropped overboard from a bellboat provided by Bellboats in Fladbury in the middle of the river.

Members of South Worcestershire Life Saving Club were on hand to keep everyone safe and did a fantastic job as duck wranglers after the race.

Among those on hand to help out were Pershore Mayor Coun Tony Rowley, Wychavon District Council chairman Coun Val Wood and town councillor Chris Parsons.

Around £500 was raised towards the running costs of the carnival and a committee spokesperson thanked everyone for helping and turning up on the day.

The popular annual Pershore Carnival will be held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 30. Visit www.pershorecarnival.co.uk for more information.

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