Crowds soak up the fun and games in Whit­ing Bay

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The en­ter­tain­ment didn’t stop all week at the Whit­ing Bay fun week which saw record en­tries to events and big crowds this year.

Last Sun­day, af­ter the raft race and Bay Queen crowning cer­e­mony, re­ported in last week’s Ban­ner, it was over to the bowl­ing green where a big en­try of 64, in­clud­ing a num­ber of chil­dren who had never played bowls be­fore, fought it out in the good na­tured fam­ily com­pe­ti­tion. The con­test was won by Whit­ing Bay’s own Cathie and John Steed with their part­ners Ann and Robert Frame.

The al­ways pop­u­lar beach sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion last Wed­nes­day was one of the events which at­tracted a strong en­try, de­spite doubts it may not be able to go ahead due to the weather. How­ever, it stayed dry un­til the prize-giv­ing and there were some ex­cel­lent en­tries in the chil­dren, fam­ily and adult sec­tions for vis­i­tors to ad­mire.

Com­ing out top on the day and tak­ing away three prizes - fam­ily win­ner, over­all win­ner and the im­pres­sive Peo­ple’s Choice tro­phy were the Burns-Thomp­son fam­ily, who have a hol­i­day home in Lam­lash.

At­tract­ing a crowd of over 70 peo­ple, de­spite the rain, the grand putting com­pe­ti­tion saw some ex­cel­lent scor­ing with broth­ers, Tor­ren and Brodie Hart tak­ing first place in the child and teenager’s cat­e­gory with a 44 and 37 re­spec­tively.

Win­ners’ mug

De­fend­ing ladies cham­pion Alice Martin re­tained her ti­tle with a score of 37 while Jamie Macpher­son also won again with four holes in one and a score of 34, se­cur­ing him­self an­other cov­eted and unique win­ners’ mug to add to his col­lec­tion.

On Fri­day, at the fancy dress fun run win­ner of the In­spi­ra­tion’s Maisie Moo com­pe­ti­tion, Ava Pringle and her fam­ily joined the

run­ners, in­clud­ing a group from the Scrip­ture Union camp, in a race from Sand­braes to the putting green. Run­ning down the route lined with spec­ta­tors and sup­port­ers the win­ner was Jesse Townsend closely fol­lowed by Ewan Mor­ri­son and with third place be­ing shared by Luke Goat­ley and Sid Townsend. Tak­ing the prizes for the best fancy dress was Daisy May McNa­mara, Kirsty Mor­ri­son, Rosie-Anne McNa­mara and Kitty Townsend who were Eey­ore, Win­nie the Pooh and Piglet.

Com­plet­ing the week of fun ac­tiv­i­ties was the in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar duck race which saw a big crowd of sup­port­ers shout­ing en­cour­age­ment at the 1,000 ducks that were re­leased at the Sand­braes bridge where they made their way to­wards the sea only to be scooped up by the vol­un­teers stand­ing an­kle deep fur­ther down in the burn.

Win­ning £100 with the first duck to cross the fin­ish line was Patty Prim­rose of Kil­do­nan, fol­lowed by the ducks of Ali­son Page of Lam­lash and John Steed of Whit­ing Bay who each won £50 and £25 re­spec­tively.

The fi­nal event of the day, and wrap­ping up a week of fun ac­tiv­i­ties, was the fam­ily re­lay race around Sand­braes field which was won by Ja­son and Isla Street and Lewis Crossen of Lam­lash who joined the team to make up the two ju­niors and one adult re­lay team.

All the events are or­gan­ised by The Whit­ing Bay and Dis­tricts Im­prove­ments As­so­ci­a­tion who said in a state­ment: ‘Many thanks to every­one who or­gan­ised or helped at events too many to men­tion in­di­vid­u­ally but all your hard work and sup­port is much ap­pre­ci­ated.

All the events were very well at­tended, so a huge thank you for the gen­eros­ity of all the lo­cals and vis­i­tors who came along to the Fun Week and had fun!’

See also page 12.

A full house at the Whit­ing Bay bingo.


On your marks, chil­dren set off for the fam­ily re­lay race.

Fancy dress win­ners, Daisy May McNa­mara, Rosie-Anne McNa­mara, Kirsty Mor­ri­son and Kitty Townsend who were Eey­ore, Win­nie the Pooh and Piglet.

Win­ners of the putting com­pe­ti­tion were, l to r, Tor­ren and Brodie Hart who won the child and teenager cat­e­gory while Alice Martin and Jamie McPher­son re­tained their ti­tles in the ladies and gents com­pe­ti­tions.


Spec­ta­tors line the beach as the ducks make their way down from the bridge.


Win­ners of the fam­ily re­lay race, Lewis Crossen who helped dad and daugh­ter team of Ja­son and Isla Street win first place.


There was a healthy en­try for the beach sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion.


Vol­un­teers Linda Tud­hope, Katie Lit­ton and Ian Cook present duck race win­ner Patty Prim­rose with her prize.

Run­ners pre­pare for the fam­ily fun run dressed in fancy dress.


On duck duty, chil­dren help the adults to col­lect 1,000 ducks from the burn.


Vol­un­teers stand at the ready to catch the first duck over the fin­ish line.

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