Nice weather for ducks and Grangemouth charities

Short bursts of torrential rain were a pain but did not stop three of Grangemouth’s most popular annual events going on without a hitch last weekend.

The local branch of Friends of Strathcarron held its Duck Race in the midst of a summer thunderstorm on Saturday which resulted in a limited number of spectators watching the yellow plastic flotilla drift down the Grange Burn in Zetland Park.

Grangemouth Festival of the Sea and annual charities day

Grangemouth Festival of the Sea and annual charities day

Friends of Strathcarron still managed to raise an impressive £1013 for the hospice and, with a little help from tireless duck wranglers Kevin Fairley, Ian Wilson and Brian Black, For Eyes Opticians, from Charlotte Dundas Court, won the corporate duck title and Richard Mulholand took the small duck prize, with Alex Kidd and Jim Lorentson runner-up.

Meanwhile, stalls aplenty, fancy dress, face painting and birds of prey on display were enjoyed by shoppers in the town’s La Porte Precinct as the charities day and the Festival of Sea combined to create a bustling town centre - at least until the rains came.

Jim Hunter, one of the charities day organisers, said: “Things were going exceptionally well until the heavens opened just after 1.30 p.m. The footfall in the town centre increased and that was one of the aims of the events.

“It’s definitely the busiest I’ve seen the town centre for a long time. There were 25 different stalls on the day and the Festival of the Sea was going great guns with bands playing on the bandstand and people having fun in York Square, which had been turned into a beach for the day and a couple of massive seagulls walking around.”

The rain did take exact a toll on the day’s fun, however.

Jim said: “The events were supposed to run on until 4 p.m. but after the rain people started packing up at around 2 p.m. It didn’t dampen the overall support for the events and the charities taking part were happy to raise some funds and awareness for their causes.”