Ducks race to £800 total for village hall

Watching the Kelbrook Duck Race
Watching the Kelbrook Duck Race
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Six hundred ducks flew down Kelbrook Beck in a fast paced race as the village hosted its grand annual duck event.

Happy faces filled the village as families flocked to its centre eager to see how their entries fared as the event helped to raise £800 for Kelbrook and Sough Village Hall Committee funds.

Four year old Maisie Hampson from Sough with her entry in the Best Decorated Duck competition at Kelbrook and Sough Duck Race

Four year old Maisie Hampson from Sough with her entry in the Best Decorated Duck competition at Kelbrook and Sough Duck Race

The races were as bright and breezy as the day itself and first across the finish line in the children’s contest was Megan Hoskins’s duck and Jack Sedgwick’s feathered friend was the winner in the adult run.

Also contributing to the amount raised were sales of bacon and sausage sandwiches, homemade cakes and sweet treats and teas and coffees in the village hall.

Before the races began, judges were very impressed by the standard of dressed up drakes entered into the Best Decorated Duck Competition.

Mary Miller, Secretary of the Kelbrook and Sough Village Hall Committee, said: “It’s a great amount so thank you to all who supported the event.

“We had some fantastic entries for the decorated duck competition. The standard just seems to be getting better with more imaginative and creative ideas right across the board.

“There was an excellent response from people and it was very well supported. Ducks are sold all over the place, whether at work or visiting friends and relatives.

“It’s a nice family event for the village. We’ve been running it for well over 20 years and we’re delighted people still buy ducks and enjoy the day.”

Winners of the best decorated duck competition categories were: Pre-school - Max Nicholls; 4-7 years old - Clarice Porter; 8-11 years old - Maisie Draper; Adult - Lindsay Eastwood.