More than 200 people braved a chilly Easter Monday to attend a duck race at the Kingsmead Field. Organised by the Friends of the field, a total of 300 ducks took part in the races with £531 raised for improvements to the area. Sian Pettman, of Market Way, found herself waist deep in the icy Stour as she released the ducks which travel the length of the river along the side of the field.
“The water was absolutely freezing and I don’t normally feel the cold,” Sian said. “It would have been good to
have nicer weather, but it was still a very good turnout and all good fun.”
For Joe Fahd, from Lebanon, it was his first ever duck race. He said:
“We don’t have anything lile this back in the Lebanon. It was great fun. I’m really looking forward to the next one.”
Abbie Hope won the maverick duck race, so-called because each entrant brought them their own duck. Maria Thomas was second, and Tom Gavriel third. The winner of the second duck race was Rosa Cary, five, with Lynette Coleman second and Stephen Pollard third.
Herne Bay Gazette, April 9th 2015