A New Year’s Day for the ducks as Middle goes racing

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New Year’s Day was definitely a day for the ducks - and almost 1,200 of them turned out for the annual duck race at Middle Rasen.

Visitors and residents of the village also braved the wind and rain to enjoy a ‘quacking’ good time.

James Quinlan holding onto Carver (left), Colin Pitman, front left Claire Patrick, Keiran Hopkin and Isabella Hopkin.  (Lin)
James Quinlan holding onto Carver (left), Colin Pitman, front left Claire Patrick, Keiran Hopkin and Isabella Hopkin. (Lin)

The event, organised by the village’s Cricket and Football Club raised more than £1,000 towards sport in Middle Rasen and was sponsored by Equip, The Nags Head, Rasen Appliance Services and Bed Supplies, Park View Motors (Market Rasen) and Nigel Appleyard, the bright yellow plastic ducks set off from Parry’s Bridge along the River Rase to the finish line at the bridge near Naylors Drive in Church Street.

First over the finishing line and winning £100 was no 508 ‘Mary Duck’ owned by Vanda Miller.

In second place was ‘Carver’ no 379 owned by James Quinlan, who won £50, and Peter Codd, owner of 791 ‘Jerry’ received £25 for third place.

The last three past the winning line, who each received £10, were Ray Mallinson’s no 882 ‘Canuk’ followed by Dave Pattison no 1086 ‘Cinq’ and no 71 ‘Bomber 2’ belonging to Gary Dawson.

Following the race people retired to the Nags Head for a glass of mulled wine, tea or coffee and a mince pie and to see if they had been successful in winning a prize in the raffle.

For more from the duck race visit www.kwax.org.uk

 

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