Active Fakenham hosts Riverside Community Day at Goggs Mill
This turned out to be a third chance as the extravagance of a riverside community group finally took place.
Fakenham Riverside Community Day was held at Goggs Mill in the market town on Sunday September 19th.
The day’s entertainment, hosted by Active Fakenham, included cardboard raft races, duck races, live music and stalls.
Richard Crook, group president, said: “I think it went really well. A lot of people came, more than the last time, which is nice.
“It’s the second time we’ve run it like this, but we would like to resume racing in June.”
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The cardboard rafts were certainly not lacking in imagination.
From planes to sharks, the townspeople have gotten creative with their ships.
Three races of different age groups took place, with the winners competing in a champion of champions race to decide the overall winner.
The final saw HMS Ducky, Pewer and Sinker compete for the crown and, despite the valiant efforts of the only sailor in Sinker, the Pewer’s four-person crew came out on top.
It starred Tom Hewer, 19, Zanzi Pearce, 13, Barney Hewer, 8, and Sabah Pearce, 10.
“It took six hours to build by a crew of six,” Hewer said.
“The cardboard came from glass shower panels, which came in these huge pieces of reinforced cardboard. These made our boat, as well as the best duct tape money can buy.
“It’s fantastic. We’re very happy with it and all the hard work is worth it. To do it in a Hawaiian shirt is even better.
The corporate duck race, benefiting Active Fakenham, produced a two-time winner, the Butcher & Andrews Solicitors ‘Duck Dredd’ winning not only the race itself, but also the best dressed category.
Simon Underwood, a business partner, said, “Overwhelmed is the word I would use to describe how we feel with the wins.
“We have a very talented lady at work who does all of this. It took him about three or four evenings. “
The Great Fakenham Duck Race saw the Rotary Club of Fakenham raise £ 650 from sales. This has been used to earn money and will help Active Fakenham organize more events in the city.