Boxing Day duck race raises £500 for charity

Money donated by Belton Golf Club to Sandon School.

Money donated by Belton Golf Club to Sandon School.

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DESPITE freezing temperatures, the annual Bottesford Boxing Day duck race was a great success.

Around 500 ducks were entered into the race, raising £500 in the process for a variety of charities.

Money donated by Belton Golf Club to Sandon School.

Money donated by Belton Golf Club to Sandon School.

At one stage the race looked as though it may need to be postponed due to large parts of the half-mile course being restricted by ice creeping away from the banks.

However, they are made of sterner stuff out in Bottesford and three volunteer Lions stepped in armed with a variety of weapons.

The trio waded in to the River Devon and walked the route, clearing away the ice as they went.

The 500 ducks set off at 11am from Wash Dyke Bridge with a healthy crowd gathered to follow them along the course.

At the finish line were Nottingham-based Forresters Morris Men providing entertainment, mulled wine, bacon cobs and hot chestnuts.

The winner finally crossed the finish line some 45 minutes later.

The Bottesford Duck Race is organised every year by the Vale of Belvoir Lions.

Money raised goes into the pot, which is then donated to the Lions’ chosen charities.