Prizes up for grabs at this year’s Honiton duck race

PUBLISHED: 15:10 06 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:46 09 June 2016

Lion president Steve with Lion Barry, Roger Hemming, Andy Haylett, Ray Hanratty and Lions Bill, Bernard, Dave, Brian and Steve Manvell.

Lion president Steve with Lion Barry, Roger Hemming, Andy Haylett, Ray Hanratty and Lions Bill, Bernard, Dave, Brian and Steve Manvell.

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There are eight prizes on offer to the winners, including the club’s £150 cash for the first prize.

A clutch of Honiton businesses have shown their support for the town’s annual duck race taking place this August.

The sponsorship totalling £450 means that Honiton and District Lions Club can now offer eight prizes to the winners, including the club’s £150 cash for the first prize.

The duck race is taking place at the Otter Inn on Sunday, August 14.

Gathering at the Otter Inn, Lion President Steve Guilbert welcomed everyone so he could personally thank them for the contributions and launch the Clubs ticket sales on the same day.

Those attending on the day where Roger Hemming from Roger Hemmings Estate Agents, Andy Haylett from Snows Toyota, Ray Hanratty from Lacemaker Café and Steve Manvell from Total Plumbing Supplies. Representatives from Bradford’s Building Supplies and Countryside Farmers Honiton sent their apologies – as did Lester Curnow from the Otter Inn busy in his kitchen.

Mr Guilbert said: “The club has been running this duck race now for over 20 years.

“This is always a wonderful community event given we always have several hundred people attending.

“It is all weather dependent - for example, a few years ago the club lost 100 plus ducks making a dash down river for the East Devon coast, passing the finishing line by at great speed.”

The fun event will also feature several entertainment stands, including the plate smashing.

All money from ticket sales and associated events goes into the local community and regional charities.

This year the Club has selected CLIC - Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood, especially to benefit free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation close to specialist hospitals, so that Devon families can be close to their children during treatment.

Club members will be selling the tickets in Honiton during the lead-up to the event, and on the day of the race.


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