Annual Easter Duck Race

romhc Monday, 17 June 2019

While being a serious local history centre, we have our moments of fun. One of these is the Duck Race in the burn that passes the old mill. It is part of the Easter Day community celebrations in Bunessan.

This all-age event, which raises funds for our work, has for years been ably run by the MacCallum family, whose hard work and good humour are much appreciated.

Christine MacCallum reports on this year’s event.

Having weathered well during the winter months the ducks were itching to get back in the water again and stretch their wings. 141 ducks took to the water on a fine day. The going was hazardous with many obstacles in the way and not all made it to the finish line.

All but one were recovered, so many thanks to all the helpers (Shuggie almost fully immersed at one point!) for the recovery operation.

The winners were Roy Owen, Murdo MacLean and Finlay Palmer. Best name prize went to Cat Bainbridge for ‘Count Duckula’. Thanks to Steve Shepherd who donated Easter eggs as prizes, and to all who participated. £141 was raised for the Historical Centre.

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