The Porthleven Duck Race

The (first) Porthleven Duck Race was held on Saturday 30th at 3pm on The Moors near the river. This event was organised by the Porthleven Community Group. I counted at least twenty homemade ducks in different styles and designs, which was just fantastic.

Before the start of the eagerly awaited race, the Mayor of Porthleven, Mark Berryman was invited to pick the best made (or looking) duck. An unenviable task as you can please only one child and upset the rest! It was a close vote, but the JCB duck was picked as a worthy winner.

Just before the race started, the Mayor was presented with his very own Mayoral Duck, dressed in full regalia. It was then time for the race. The ducks were loading on the launching tray, and then released. Cheers of encouragement were shouted along the course, and I am sure this encouragement came more from the adults who had ducks in the race.

Prizes were given for the first, second and third placed ducks. The winner was also given a free ticket to Flambards one to eleven, which had been kindly donated to the group by Flambards. The winner being the JCB duck! My own duck came a pleasing third.

A huge thanks should go to the community group for organising this. Special mention should go to Tim Pryke, who braved the cold waters to launch and retrieve the ducks. The group has more fun events planned, so if you want to help or take part in this, just come to the next meeting. They even provide cake for those who turn up!

Here are a selection of pictures from the event:


The race entrants


The Mayor and competitors


And they are off


The Mayor and the winners


The Mayor and his duck

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