A quacking weekend of fundraising and fun for Sutton village

People splashing around in the river at the Sutton duck race - all the ducks have to be retrieved af

People splashing around in the river at the Sutton duck race - all the ducks have to be retrieved after the race by local children. Picture: Gabi Senger - Credit: Archant

Sutton villagers and visitors were able to enjoy the annual duck race and flower show at the weekend.

Onlookers cheering on their plastic ducks at the annual Sutton duck race. Picture: Gabi Senger

Onlookers cheering on their plastic ducks at the annual Sutton duck race. Picture: Gabi Senger - Credit: Archant

All Saints’ Church was filled to the brim with beautiful floral designs on the theme of Songs of Praise.

Arrangements were created to illustrate particular hymns, including Give Me Joy in my Heart and All Things Bright and Beautiful. One display was put together by Sutton Lower School.

Teas and refreshments were served in the church.

On the Sunday people gathered on the town’s medieval bridge to race 1,000 plastic ducks downriver.

Duck race organisers braving the icy water. Picture: Gabi Senger

Duck race organisers braving the icy water. Picture: Gabi Senger - Credit: Archant


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The Packhorse Bridge was built in the 14th century from local sandstone and is thought to be the only surviving example of its type in Bedfordshire.

The annual duck race costs £2 to enter, with the proceeds going to the upkeep of the medieval church.

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Fay Bradley. who helped organise the event. said: “It’s just a lovely thing to do on a Sunday afternoon and it helps raise much-needed money for the church.”

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