Ducks lined up for the big splash
TURTON Rotary Club’s annual duck race is ready for the off again when thousands of pounds will be raised for local charities.
The club raised more than £9,000 last year and organisers are hoping for a similar bumper sum again on Sunday June 10.
The popular event, which has been held at Bradshaw Cricket Club for more than 20 years, sees families line the route along Bradshaw Brook to cheer on the ducks.
The competition, which starts at 11am, sees numbered plastic ducks, which all correspond to tickets sold, released into the brook over two heats with each of the winners going into a grand final. First duck home wins £1,000 first prize for the ticket owner with four more cash prizes. There is also a children's under-12s race, with tickets bought on the day.
Duck race organiser, Jim Turner, said he was looking forward to another successful day.
“It is always a popular event with both adults and children and we are hoping the sun continues to shine to make it another special day.
"All proceeds from the event are distributed throughout the year to more than 50 local charities who get involved every year by selling duck race tickets for their own charity.
"It has always been the aim of the club to support local Bolton charities and we have been doing that for 49 years.
“We are very grateful to more than 40 local business sponsors who have helped us this year, in particular to Heightvale Limited, our main sponsor. “
Big finish sees another duck race success
IT was a photo finish at this year's Turton Rotary Club duck race when thousands of pounds were raised for local charities.
The final stretch saw more than a group of a dozen ducks bobbing their way down the fast-flowing Bradshaw Brook cheered on by a large crowd who had come out to support this annual event.
It was an exciting finale to another successful day at Bradshaw Cricket Club, with families lining the route.
The club raised more than £9,000 last year and organisers are hoping for a similar bumper sum again when the takings are totted up.
The competition sees numbered plastic ducks, which all correspond to tickets sold, released into the brook over two heats with each of the winners going into a grand final. First duck home wins £1,000 first prize for the ticket owner with four more cash prizes.There is also a children's race, with tickets bought on the day.
Race organiser Jim Turner was delighted with the response.
"It was perfect duck racing weather as we had a fast-flowing stream that kept the ducks moving," he said. "Thanks must be given to our sponsors and everyone who helped make it another successful day and all the hard work worthwhile."
The winner of the £1,000 first prize was ticket number W0384 Jon Makin, £200 Y1065 E Pierce, £100 Y5565 Graham Howarth, £75W4706 John Shirlock and £50 W5974 Ray Edge.