Dear Mummy, we took our rubber ducks out of the bath water and into the River Test for the annual Duck Race in Overton, Hampshire. The “Great Overton Duck Race” is run to raise funds for St Mary’s Hall.
It began as a one-off event, but has since become something of an annual occurrence, raising in excess of £12,000 for the hall’s facilities so far. A whole day of sitting and playing down by the river on the bank holiday sounds like a very relaxing activity. It was also a special day as it was my mummy’s birthday.
We set off early to find a clearing by the side of the bank to lay out our picnic blanket and camping chairs. In our eagerness we were the first family there and watched the organisers time trial the ducks on the water. I also took the opportunity to road test…well water test my rubber duck.
There was around a 100 yellow ducks per race and we could bet on a duck during the event or order online. They all had numbers on their backs and once we purchased a duck in the race we were allocated its number. There were 6 races during the day with 30 min breaks in between so we could paddle in the water and browse the stalls.
I had great fun cheering on my duck and running to the finishing line to help the organisers to collect them up out of the water. My folks started off the day wanting to keep me dry and clean but by the end of the event they just wanted me to have fun so were happy for me to play on the muddy banks and get wet.
The organisers were very funny, cracking jokes during the races and promoting audience participation. My mummy and grandma became very animated when one of ours was in the lead, but sadly he failed at the tree log hurdle.
It was a very unusual birthday celebration which I’m sure my mummy won’t forget for a long time, but one of the best days. Its going to become an annual family tradition methinks! All proceeds from the event went back into the community for new facilities for St Mary’s Hall, Overton.
Love Bella x