HUNDREDS of people gathered at Kingsmead Field on Easter Monday to raise money for one of Canterbury’s best-loved public spaces, with a duck race. More than 300 plastic ducks were released in the races, raising more than £530 in the process. As well as residents and supporters of the Kingsmead Field, which lost a long battle to be registered as a protected Village Green last year visitors from overseas were also in attendance. Joe Fahd, from the Lebanon, came to the races while visiting friends in Canterbury. He said:
“This was my very first duck race. We don’t have anything like this back in the Lebanon! It was great fun. I’m really looking forward to the next one.”
The winners of the Maverick Duck Race, in which people entered their own personalised bath ducks, were 1st: Abbie Hope (age 12); 2nd: Maria Thomas and 3rd: Tom Gavriel.
The winners of the second duck race were 1st: Rosa Cary (age 5); 2nd: Lynette Coleman and 3rd: Stephen Pollard.
The next event to be organised by the Friends of Kingsmead Field will be a community sports event in early summer. All the money raised will go towards the field’s upkeep.
Herne Bay Times, April 15th 2015