The annual Charity Duck Race, run by the Vale of Belvoir Lions
Christmas in 2012 will be remembered across Britain for the rains and floods that bedeviled people preparing to travel and celebrate. Bottesford was perhaps fortunate in escaping serious flooding, though the fords through the River Devon were submerged and the river itself was turned into a murky torrent for several days on end.
The weather eased over Christmas day itself, and the morning of Boxing Day dawned sunny and mild. Even so, the river was still flowing fast and the water was on the point of covering again the roadway at the ford on Rectory Lane. Would the annual charity duck race have to be called off? Fortunately, the intrepid members of the Vale of Belvoir Lions elected to go ahead. Despite the higher than usual water levels the annual race took place as usual, though at high-speed. It was followed by a large and enthusiastic audience, who afterwards enjoyed mulled wine and the display of morris and clog dancing.
In some recent years, river levels have been very low and the plastic ducks have had to be given some physical encouragement to complete their course. Not this year! This promised to be the fastest race for some time, perhaps the fastest ever (Guinness Book of Records take note!).
There was a good turn out of locals and old friends, including photographer Ted Rayson, who has been capturing village life and local scenes through his lens for many years, recording so much local history that otherwise would have been forgotten.
Spectators watching the launch of the plastic pioneers at the Wash Dyke Bridge had to rush to the ford to catch the final moments as the bold winner swept majestically beneath the winning tape.
The Foresters Morris Men & the Greenwood Clog
The Foresters Morris Men (full title “The Foresters Morris and Sword Dancing Club”) was formed in 1952, and was the first Morris Dancing club in Nottingham. The Greenwood Step Clog Dancers are based in Nottingham and were formed in 1974.