Sidmouth Lions duck derby

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:54 17 June 2010

BIGGEST winners in this year's Great Duck Derby on the River Sid on Sunday were two charities chosen by Sidmouth Lions to get the lion's share of the £3,800 profit made. Two £1,500 cheques were presented by Lion president Roger Keylock to Lucy Culverhouse

BIGGEST winners in this year's Great Duck Derby on the River Sid on Sunday were two charities chosen by Sidmouth Lions to get the lion's share of the £3,800 profit made.Two £1,500 cheques were presented by Lion president Roger Keylock to Lucy Culverhouse, from the British Heart Foundation, and Shirley Stevens, chairman of Devon County Association for the Blind, shortly after the end of the main yellow duck race at The Byes.Prize money totalling £1,015 was also paid out and the remainder will be used by the Lions Club of Sidmouth for its charity activities.Scores of children and their parents gathered near the duck 'launch' site at Sid Park Road bridge for the annual duck and spoon fun races.The first race featured children as young as two and subsequent races varied in ages up to 10, ending with one for mums and another for dads, enthusiastically cheered on by their children.First yellow duck home belonged to Jim Gannon from Leicester, who won £400. Second was Mrs D Pettet from Exmouth, who won £100, and third was Tommy DeRemer from Sidmouth, who won £75.Other £40 winners are: Mrs M Beaman, Mrs J Williamson, Mrs D Smethurst, Anne Hooper, Mrs Johnson, Sally Knight.The following won £20 each: Lynda Bowler, Margaret Ridsdale, Colin Bates, Mr Potter, Graham Christie, Pete Scott, Mrs O M Mortimer, Brigitte Cornick from California, Mrs O L Cole, Mrs S Oates.Organising the derby is a team event and Lions thanked those involved, including hoteliers and publicans, Lidl, Somerfield and Sidmouth Garden Centre for letting members sell duck tickets.Thanks also to St John Ambulance for first aid and judging 19 best duck pictures, and cadets from 2019 (Sidmouth) Air Training Corps Squadron, who helped to control wayward ducks in the river.


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