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Malmesbury firemen come to rescue of town's duck race
Malmesbury firemen have come to the rescue of the town's duck race, due to take place this weekend.
It is raising money for Malmesbury Victoria FC following the disastrous floods to the pitch and clubhouse last November.
Race organisers had become increasingly concerned at the low level of water in the river which could have slowed the race down to a snail’s pace with the possibility of some ducks taking many hours to complete the course.
A request to Chris Harvey, Watch Manager at station, to see if the local fire service could turn their hoses on the river at the start of the race to increase the flow brought an immediate and positive response.
Football club secretary Julie Exton said: “We are over the moon that the firemen can help us out.
“We had visions of standing in the river half way through the night until the last duck came in.
“To think last year the river flooded us out and this year we were struggling to run a duck race due to lack of water.”
All is now set for the race along the River Avon from Stainsbridge (by the Co-Op in Gloucester Road) this Sunday at precisely 2.22pm.
Ducks cost £1 each with £100 cash prizes including a prize for the winning duck. They can be bought on Saturday morning from the Market Room at the Town Hall as well as from the clubhouse and at the start-line on Sunday.
For more information contact Julie Exton on (01666) 823589.
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