Miss the duck race? You must be quackers!

PUBLISHED: 09:05 08 August 2013

Lyme town crier Alan Vian proclaims Darren Jenson and Hazel Wagg’s wedding. Photo Richard Horobin

Lyme town crier Alan Vian proclaims Darren Jenson and Hazel Wagg’s wedding. Photo Richard Horobin

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Couple’s wedding can’t stop them ‘competing’ in the RNLI duck race at Lyme Regis

The wedding ducks who took part in the River Lim race. Photo by Richard HorobinThe wedding ducks who took part in the River Lim race. Photo by Richard Horobin

Darren Jenson and his fiancé Hazel Wagg decided nothing would stop them ‘competing’ in the lifeboat week duck race at Lyme Regis – including their wedding.

So they bought two entries, dressed them as a bride and groom, then left them to race while they tied the knot.

Hazel, 27, spent hours kitting out the plastic ducks and the pair donated £10 to the RNLI charity.

As the race went ahead, on the River Lim, Darren, 40, and Hazel, 27, from Southbourne, Dorset, were married at the town’s Guildhall.

Hazel said: “Lyme Regis is just lovely, which is why we wanted to be married here, and we thought it would be fun to take part in lifeboat week as well.

“But because we did not have time to watch the race we thought we would enter our own two ducks so that they could race while we were being married.”

Sadly the couple’s ducks did not win, but the bride’s beat the bridegroom’s by at least 100 yards.

And a big surprise awaited Hazel and Darren as they emerged from the Guildhall, man and wife - town crier Alan Vian was there to announce their marriage and to return the ducks as souvenirs of a memorable day.


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