Saturday’s wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of those in Bodicote as they gathered down at Sor Brook for this year’s duck races.
Now established as a popular village event as well as a fundraiser for the bigger Bodfest event next month, people were able to buy a plastic duck for £1 and see if it would cross the finish line in the Brook for various prizes.
John Washburn, chairperson of Bodfest, said: “It was a marvellous turnout which was amazing to see. We had sold all of the ducks beforehand but it was great to see this community spirit in the village.”
The first duck races took part at Sor Brook about 20 years ago and was initially used as a fundraiser for the village’s cricket and tennis clubs. When Bodfest was created back in 2000, the organising committee then took over the running of the event and have organised it ever since.
One thousand plastic ducks were sold for £1, with five heats involving 200 ducks going first. Each winner of the heats won £20, with the top 20 going into a winner-takes-all prize final, with Joyce Washburn winning the £100 prize.
Kate Oliveri, secretary of Bodfest added: “What a fabulous day it was at the duck festival. Despite the horrendous weather I am warmed and humbled by the strong British support and the flocks of Bodicote village support. I do not think I have seen so many umbrellas in the countryside!”
Proceeds from the event will help the village’s biggest event of the year on July 11. Bodfest will celebrate its 15th birthday this year and on the day will be a feast of live music and entertainment at the Plough Inn and the Horse and Jockey.
More than 40 stalls have already been confirmed for its street market,including face painting, food stalls, soft furnishings and handmade jewellery. There will also be community groups including Bodicote Scouts and Bishop Loveday CoE Primary School.
Entry is free, and it starts from 11am. Visit www.bodfest.co.uk