Families flock to join duck race

Pro Vice-Chancellor Julian Lovelock at the University of Buckingham Duck Race PNL-140822-112117001
Pro Vice-Chancellor Julian Lovelock at the University of Buckingham Duck Race PNL-140822-112117001

Mums and kids seized the chance to join in a duck race and fun day as the summer holidays draw to a close.

On Wednesday, the University of Buckingham opened its annual duck race to the community for the first time.

University of Buckingham Duck Race PNL-140822-112128001

University of Buckingham Duck Race PNL-140822-112128001

And the event saw local residents flocking to join students and staff to cheer on their ducks.

Pro vice-chancellor Julian Lovelock donned waders to set the yellow plastic ducks on their way and rescue a large number of rogue swimmers heading in the wrong direction due to the wind.

After the race, families relaxed on the university lawns while members of the uni’s musical society entertained them with excerpts from their forthcoming production of Grease, which they are performing at the Roxborough theatre at Stowe School, from Thursday to Saturday, August 28 to 30.

As well as a barbecue and sausage roll-tasting by Wiltshire Based Apetito, there were stalls from Buckingham Business Enterprise students, who have set up their own companies.

These included mojito cocktails made from Takamaka Bay rum from The Seychelles, sold by student company Collective Spirit, and Brightwood Buckingham bamboo wooden sunglasses.

There were also secondhand books, cakes, jewellery and face painting.

Organiser Jane Russell said: “There was a wonderful atmosphere as families sat on rugs among the students and staff and sang along to their Grease favourites.

“It was great to see the lovely university campus packed with local people, as well as students, all having fun.

“We’ll definitely be opening it up to Buckingham residents next year.”

The duck race was won by student Edward Lopez-Cattell, who received a £25 Amazon voucher.

Best-dressed duck went to A. Cross, who won a meal for two at Nelson Street Restaurant, and the child’s best-dressed duck went to Simon and Samuel Dubois, who won a family ticket to Woburn Safari Park.

The event raised about £350 for Buckingham Hospital and the University of Buckingham Supporting Overseas Schooling (UBSOS).

To buy tickets for Grease, see www.stowearts.co.uk/drama.