Great weather for ducks in Overton

Great weather for ducks in Overton

Euan Williams at the Great Overton Duck Race

Great weather for ducks in Overton

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

IT WAS certainly weather for ducks as hundreds of people turned out in the rain for a popular annual event.

On Monday, eight races of 150 ducks saw competitors battle it out to win the top prize at the Great Overton Duck Race.

Overton resident Isobel Edwards was crowned the overall winner, winning £100, while Anne Gilks, also from Overton, scooped £50 after her duck came second in the final.

In addition, a special race was held where people could bring their own ducks to race down the River Test.

As well as buying and racing ducks for £1, visitors to the event were also able to visit a range of stalls selling cakes, refreshments and gifts, and children could have their faces painted.

For those working up an appetite from cheering on their ducks, a barbecue providing burgers was available for spectators.

All money raised at the event at Flashetts, in Station Road, will go towards the upkeep of St Mary’s Hall, in High Street.

Maggs Steward, one of the event organisers, told The Gazette: “The village was so supportive – it was unbelievable. We had 100 villagers there, and normally we would get more but understandably we didn’t because of the bad weather.”

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