Race helps fund town Ju­bilee event

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of a bank hol­i­day duck race man­aged to raise more than £700 to help fund Whit­tle­sey’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions.

De­spite the in­clement con­di­tions, a big crowd gath­ered at Bower Bridge - by the Hero of Ali­wal pub - to cheer on hun­dreds of tiny yel­low plas­tic ducks as they made their way along the water.

The win­ning three ducks were owned by Mrs B Wiles (num­ber 129), John Gar­nett (num­ber 673) and Ralph Butcher (num­ber 500).

To pro­mote the race Jac­quie Bal­drey, a mem­ber of Whit­tle­sey Town Coun­cil’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee com­mit­tee, had been dress­ing up as a duck around the town.

Mayor of Whit­tle­sey Cllr Kay Mayor said: “I would also like to give my per­sonal thanks to the Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Peter Wright and his fa­ther from the Whit­tle­sey Ven­ture Scouts, Whit­tle­sey Street Pride and last but not least Whit­tle­sey St John Am­bu­lance, with­out whom this race would not have taken place.”

The £700 pro­ceeds from the race will now be put to­wards the big Ju­bilee bash at the Manor Leisure Cen­tre on Mon­day, June 4.

Events in­clude an her­itage food fes­ti­val and con­cert.

suc­cess­ful day: Crowds gather to cheer on the small plas­tic com­peti­tors tak­ing part in the Bower Bridge duck race.

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