Wistaston’s ‘Duck Race and Children’s Model Boat Race’ Makes a Return

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

Wistaston’s ‘Duck Race and Children’s Model Boat Race’ makes a return after pandemic.

Mother Duck and her ducklings (photograph: Jonathan White)

The 25th ‘Annual Community Duck Race and Children’s Model Boat Race’ took place on Saturday 10th September 2022, at the Joey the Swan recreation ground in Wistaston, for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Visitors enjoy the numerous stalls prior to the races (photograph: Jonathan White)

The event was organised by volunteer members from the Wistaston Community Council village events team and Wistaston Memorial Hall.

The main sponsor was Plumb Stone Surveyors.  

The Caddick Construction team currently building the new office for Radius Payment Solutions at Crewe Business Park teamed up with their supplier Alpine Hire to provide the generator and fuel to power the ever-popular candy floss stall. Cockshades Farm provided a trailer to transfer equipment between Wistaston Memorial Hall and Joey the Swan recreation ground. 

The event was officially opened by Wistaston Rose Queen (Emily Edge). Emily, aged 11 from Wistaston, was crowned by Revd Mike Turnbull at St Mary’s Church, Wistaston in June. 

Wistaston Rose Queen Emily Edge on her fundraising stall (photograph: Jonathan White)

Emily also helped to judge the Best designed children’s model boat competition. She also setup and staffed her treasure hunt & plant stall to raise money and awareness of her chosen charity this year which is the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Best designed children’s model boat is judged by Andrea Cross (Wistonian of the year 2021) and Emily Edge (Wistaston Rose Queen) (photograph: Jonathan White)

Emily was in the national news last year when she was chosen to represent the Scout Movement to meet Kate Middleton, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (now Princess of Wales), and 98-year-old war veteran Colonel David Blum OBE at the Royal Hospital Chelsea for a heart-warming chat about the importance of remembrance to mark 100 years of the Royal British Legion. 

Emily said: “I am honoured to be the Wistaston Rose Queen and am really enjoying my time in the role. I hope to raise lots of money for my chosen charity over the year. Thank you to everyone for their continued support.”

43 model boats were entered into the Children’s model boat race and a record 1,000 plastic duck race tickets were sold and entered into the Duck Race.

A one-minute silence was observed in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II prior to the first race, the Children’s model boat race, following her death aged 96.

There were numerous stalls featuring local charities and organisations, selling an assortment of goods or advertising their activities. Refreshments were available from the Local Scouts World Jamboree fundraising team. 

Wistaston Conservation Group stall, Pete Baskerville and Dave O’Hara (photograph: Jonathan White)

Around 1,000 people attended the event, which took place in warm and dry weather.

Best designed children’s model boat – ‘HMS’ by Eva (photograph: Jonathan White)

Here are the results in full:

a) Best designed children’s model boat, judged by Andrea Cross (Wistonian of the year 2021) and Emily Edge (Wistaston Rose Queen):

1st – ‘HMS’ by Eva who won £10.

2nd place – ‘Ozzie Doggie’ by Harriett & Tom.

3rd place – ‘Queen Elizabeth’ by Phoebe & Chester.

b) Children’s model boat race:

1st – ‘Ozzie Doggie’ by Harriett & Tom who won £10.

2nd place – boat by Zac who won £8.

3rd place – ‘Congo Queen’ by Oliver who won £6.

Duck Race (1,000 tickets sold):

1st – No.796 – Tina who won £100.

2nd – No.46 – Jessica who won £50.

3rd – No.658 – Henry who won £25.

Children’s Model Boat Race winner ‘Ozzie Doggie’ by Harriett & Tom (photograph: Jonathan White)

There was an enthusiastic commentary on both races by Dane Chaplow (Chairman, Wistaston Community Council) with ongoing excitement and incident around every bend as ducks and boats bobbed and weaved along Wistaston Brook.

Start of Duck Race in Wistaston Brook (photograph: Jonathan White)
Start of Children’s Model Boat Race in Wistaston Brook (photograph: Jonathan White)

A representative from Wistaston Community Council said, “We are mourning the passing of Her Majesty the Queen who reigned for 70 years and is the only monarch most of us have known in our own lifetime. The Queen has been a part of the life of our country for so long that we maybe didn’t imagine it would come to an end. Wistaston Community Council was first set up by the people of Wistaston for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebration in 1977 and we have been organising our village events ever since. The Queen in many of her speeches spoke of the importance of a sense of community and, after a difficult couple of years with the pandemic, it is important that we did our little bit to help the community come together.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the funds of Wistaston Community Council, Wistaston Memorial Hall, and several local charities. 

The Wistaston Community events team always welcomes new members to help organise our Wistaston village events including the Flower and Produce Show (August), Fireworks Display (5th November 2022) and the December Christmas Concert.

For further information please visit us at Wistaston and http://www.wistastoncommunity.co.uk/