The Rotary Club of Barry’s Duck Race and Summer Fete which was held for the first time at the Knap Gardens and Lake on Saturday 22nd July has been recorded as a GREAT SUCCESS!
Despite some showers, the event was well supported and crowds cheered as the ducks raced along the feeder in 7 separate heats! The first 5 ducks in each heat then went on to race in the Grand Final!
Winners of each heat won £10 and the winner of the Grand Final won £50 – which was kindly donated by Rotarian Richard Gibbons.
Winning ducks and owners were as follows:
Heat 1 Alvin Starduck owned by Sara Morgan
Heat 2 Laura owned by Judith Hunt
Heat 3 Tilly owned by Jean Booker
Heat 4 Slamduck owned by Tyler O’Sullivan
Heat 5 Bailey owned by Jane Lamey
Heat 6 Oscar owned by Joel Pearce
Heat 7 Aiden owned by Marnie Davies
Grand Final Winner was Oscar owned by Joel Pearce!
To add to the entertainment, there were traditional activities such as a coconut shy, craft and cake stalls plus a host of stalls provided by other local organisations. All in all fun-filled family day with a great range of free entertainment provided by the Vale Sports & Development Team! Bro Radio also supplied music and commentary throughout the day.
We would like to thank all organisations and volunteers who took part and supported us in various ways……your help in making this a successful event is much appreciated. And our thanks to everyone who bought a “Duck” and came along!
Newly elected Barry Rotary President Jill Osborne said that this year the Club had decided to bring the Duck Race into the Knap area and create a Summer Fete with more things for people to see and do and create an opportunity for local groups and charity fundraisers to work together. Taking on board comments from the general public, the event was very well received and will be held again next year when it is hoped to make the races longer with even more ducks!
Proceeds from the duck race will be used by Barry Rotary Club to support local good causes and the Club would like to thank everyone who came along, helped and supported the event in so many ways to make it such a success.