Great Yarmouth Duck Races 2015. Report by Alan Spinks
The sixteenth Annual Great Yarmouth Haven Duck races took place at The Waterways, Great Yarmouth on Sunday September 20th.Once again many thanks to Selwood Pumps for their expertise in making the water flow.
The weather was perfect this year , plenty of warm sunshine which attracted many 100's of people.
An early start with helpers Keith, Leslie, Malcolm, David, Philip ,Bill, Ian T. Alan S. and Alan C. the course was set up in record time. The Waterways Cafe for Bacon Bap and coffee was also on the menu !
The PA system this year was set up by our new member Malcolm Bugge as Ted was not available.
The races were started by the lady Mayoress,Shirley Weymouth accompanied by President Peter and not far away Richard Delf on the mike.
At 1.30pm the area seemed deserted and hardly anybody around , however people quickly came in to the Waterways and £1 ducks were sold, thanks to Richard Fiddy, Jack, Malcolm , Robert and other helpers.
We were grateful to IKON Ambulance Services Ltd and 2 Lifeguards from Potters Leisure Resort for providing the support for the health and safety.
Gorleston Boat Club once again in attendance but only a few boats again this year.
Second year for running , The Giant Duck Race. Companies and individuals had been offered the chance to purchase a giant duck for £100 and then have it decorated either by themselves or professionally by SPP Digital. Over 70 were sold mainly due to the enthusiasm of Richard Coller, Ian Thomson and Ian McCreadie.
They were all a splendid sight ( see photos below )
A very successful afternoon ( our best yet ? ) with good profits hopefully in excess of £9000.
The winners were.......
Green Race................ 1st Mr Ray Clarke from Gorleston £200. 2nd Geoff Fowler of Scratby £100 (kindly donated) 3rd Elizabeth Taylor of St Francis Way £50
Yellow Race...............1st Katie Pilkington of Caister £200 2nd Mr Ken Ward of Toft Monks £100 3rd Mr Mr Philip Hunt of Thorpe End £50
Corporate Race........ 1st Arona Guesthouse 2nd DP Leisure 3rd Hemsby Post Office
Giant Duck Race.........1st Val Cole Wines
Best Decorated............Waterways Cafe/ Coffee Shack
Photos by Alan Spinks and Linda Smith 20/09/15