Boxing Day duck race raises a quacking £1,100 for charity

Boxing Day duck race, an annual event in Bottesford.
Boxing Day duck race, an annual event in Bottesford.
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DOZENS of people turned out in Bottesford on Boxing Day to watch the annual duck race.

Every year, the Vale of Belvoir Lions hold the race on the village’s River Devon to raise money for their chosen charities.

This year the race raised £1,100, with more ducks sold than in previous years.

Lion Andy Potts said: “Due to the popularity of last year’s event, despite the bitter weather, the Lions increased the number of ducks available to 1,400 this year.

“And guess what? Every single one of them sold out again.

“This is testament to how well-liked and received this event is.

“After a day celebrating Christmas, and over-indulgence, it is nice to get out for a walk on Boxing Day.”

A large crowd gathered by the river to watch the race, which began at Washdyke Bridge and ended by St Mary’s Church.

Andy said: “The turn out spectator-wise was nothing short of amazing.

“It seemed like the whole of Bottesford had come out for the event.”

The Lions were pleased the weather was milder this year, and relieved at not having to break through ice along the race route as they did last year.

Entertainment at the finish line was provided by Nottingham-based Foresters Morris Dancers, who also carried out a charity collection raising £200.