Traditional fate for bobbing ducks

Brompton Duck Race'The winning duck is announced as the race reaches its end.'Picture by Neil Silk  113161h
Brompton Duck Race'The winning duck is announced as the race reaches its end.'Picture by Neil Silk 113161h

VILLAGERS and visitors to Brompton went quackers during the annual garden fete.

The centrepiece of the event, which was held at the Manor House on Sunday, was a duck race.

Brompton Duck Race'The crowd watch for their own ducks as they float past..'Picture by Neil Silk  113161e'07/08/11

Brompton Duck Race'The crowd watch for their own ducks as they float past..'Picture by Neil Silk 113161e'07/08/11

Crowds were transfixed by the sight of hundreds of bright yellow ducks bobbing along on the surface of the beck which runs through the gardens of the Manor House.

Dr Mary Jones, one of the event’s organisers, s said: “The rain topped the beck up – we don’t mind it raining before the race but not on the day of the fete.

“The men that don’t normally come to fetes turn up for the duck race. They take it quite seriously.”

The fete originally began to raise funds for the village’s church but now a number of causes benefit from the money that is raised.

Proceeds from the children’s area will be donated to the community primary school, money from a side show will go towards the village hall and cash from the sale of a special calendar will be given to five churches of the benefice.

Dr Jones said: “It’s a traditional English country fete – it’s got something for everybody.”

There were lots of stalls at the event which sold a variety of items including cakes, bric-a-brac, plants, teas and refreshments.

It was officially opened by Jerry Scott, a presenter with BBC Radio York, who lives in the village.