GALLERY: Two visitors to Whittlesey duck race collapse but happily both are now fine - and the event was a roaring success

Whittlesey Mayor's charities fund raising Duck Race. Mayor of Whittlesey Dave Mason with the ducks ready for the duck race. .  Picture: Steve Williams. Whittlesey Mayor's charities fund raising Duck Race. Mayor of Whittlesey Dave Mason with the ducks ready for the duck race. . Picture: Steve Williams.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
12:46 PM

Two visitors to the annual duck race in Whittlesey – including the chairman of Fenland Council- collapsed and had to be taken to hospital.

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Whittlesey Mayor's charities fund raising Duck Race.Whittlesey Mayor's charities fund raising Duck Race.

But luckily both men were later released and are now fine, said the mayor, Councillor David Mason.

Organisers said not only was it was the biggest community crowd who enjoyed the race in the Easter sunshine but it also became the most dramatic after the two visitors collapsed and were taken to Peterborough City Hospital.

Councillor Ken Mayor, the chairman of Fenland District Council, was taken to hospital following a seizure before the race began, but was home again in good spirits by the evening.

Another man collapsed and was taken to hospital during the race.

Whittlesey Mayor's charities fund raising Duck Race.Whittlesey Mayor's charities fund raising Duck Race.

Cllr Mason said: “It was quite a dramatic day but thankfully both men were fine.”

He said he was delighted with the record breaking day of fund raising for the annual event which drew a large crowd to watch the race take place.

“We sold 993 out of 1,000 tickets printed for the race which is the most ever taking part,” he said.

“We are much obliged to everybody who helped on the day including the fire service and to everyone who came and made it such a successful day.”

The three pubs close to the riverside race track did a roaring trade, he added, and more than £900 was raised for the mayor’s charities of the Whittlesey Scouts and Guides, Community Navigators and Friends of Whittlesey Library.

Duck race winners were; first place with a £50 prize to David Belfield, second prize and £25 prize went to thee Cuthbert family while third place with a £10 prize went to Mrs Dale.

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