Fam­ily fun at char­ity duck race

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

FAM­I­LIES turned out for a duck race in aid of a well-loved lo­cal char­ity.

More than 100 peo­ple took part in the Great Lan­g­ley Box­ing Day Duck Race in aid of the Rossendale Trust on Hollin Lane in Sut­ton, which sup­ports adults with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

Res­i­dents filed out of their homes at lunchtime to head to the St Dun­stan Inn to spon­sor plas­tic ducks. Th­ese were dropped from the bridge to race down the river, fin­ish­ing at the step­ping stones. When the re­sults were in, rosettes were awarded in the pub.

The Lan­g­ley com­mu­nity is fa­mil­iar with a duck race at the an­nual sum­mer fair but this was the first win­ter duck race, or­gan­ised by res­i­dent Rose­mary At­ten­bor­ough.

Rose­mary said: “It was a big suc­cess and we raised £282 for Rossendale. The re­cent rain meant that the wa­ter was fast flow­ing so the ducks bobbed along very rapidly once they had es­caped the per­ils of the weir in this ex­treme duck race.

“Lots of fam­i­lies came onto the field with ex­cited chil­dren help­ing to catch them at the fin­ish.”

Sue Heaven, head of fundrais­ing at the Rossendale Trust, thanked Rose­mary for or­gan­is­ing the event.

She said: “It was won­der­ful to see fam­i­lies com­ing out on Box­ing Day to sup­port us and it really helps raise aware­ness. It was a great way to have fun and also to raise money for the trust along the way.”

Will Cantlie, who is land­lord at the St Dun­stan Inn, said the pub was glad to host the event.

He said: “We sold all the ducks and ev­ery­one seemed to enjoy it for a great lo­cal char­ity.”

The Rossendale Trust pro­vides care and sup­port for adults with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

To know more call 01260 252500 or visit rossendaletrust.org.

●● Pro­fes­sor Adam Gorb is head of the school of com­po­si­tion at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic in Manch­ester and will start the new sea­son of Lan­g­ley Lec­tures with a talk about opera

●● The ducks are rounded up at the Great Lan­g­ley Box­ing Day Duck Race

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