By Jonathan White
Hundreds of villagers gathered for the annual duck and model boat race in Wistaston, near Nantwich.

Families crowded on the banks of the Joey the Swan brook for the 18th “Annual Community Duck Race and Children’s Model Boat Race”.

The event, sponsored by Wistaston Community Council and the Crewe Cine & Video Club, was opened by Wistaston Rose Queen Naomi Barker and her Attendant Poppy Bellingham.

Fifty-nine model boats were entered into the Children’s Model Boat Race and 800 duck race tickets (£1 each) were sold and entered into the Duck Race.

The event helped to raise £600 for the new curtains fund at the Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community Centre, on Church Lane.

There were also 12 stalls featuring local charities and organisations.

Results in full:

Children’s Model Boat Race:
a) Best designed children’s model boat
1st – Natalie Rea with her boat ‘Huckleberry Finn’ paddle steamer
2nd – Charlotte Rea
3rd – Chloe and Jessica Brereton

b) Children’s Model Boat Race:
1st – Millie Worthington – wins £5, plus trophy donated by Herbert Locke MBE.
2nd – Isaac Fowler
3rd – Fin Davison

Duck Race:
1st – No. 118 – Joan Evanson – wins £100, plus trophy donated by Les Fothergill.
2nd – No. 175 – Barbara Ray – £50.
3rd – No. 657 – Kerry Hodgekiss – £25.

Event organiser John White said:”This was another successful community enterprise for Wistaston.

“The Memorial Hall’s officers worked so hard to run the event. People who visited were most generous to buy so many tickets.

“I was pleased to hear the stall holders and charities did well. The children were excited and enthusiastic to see their boats in action.

“It was a quacking great success! We were fortunate with the weather. So many people helped to set up and take down the equipment, we thank them all.

“The £600 raised will complete the necessary shortfall in paying for the new stage curtains in the main hall. We can’t wait for the 2014 Duck Race on Saturday September 6.”

(Pictures courtesy of Andrew Feltham)

Childrens Model Boat Race Wistaston

Best designed childrens model boat (l-r) - Poppy - Chloe - Charlotte - Natalie - Naomi

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