Rotary duck race will help Ark

Ark Cancer Centre Charity is delighted to announce that members of the Basingstoke Loddon Rotary Club will once again be donating proceeds from their popular annual duck race day to the charity.

Taking place between 1.30pm and 3pm on Monday, May 28 on the River Loddon at Bartons Mill, Old Basing, the rubber duck races are a well-known fun annual event, and they always attract a flood of entries.

This year, the prize for the owner of the overall winning duck will be a flying lesson that has been kindly donated by Blackbushe Aviation.

Tickets cost from £1 and can be bought prior to May 28 from any Basingstoke Loddon Rotary Club members, and they can also be purchased on the day.

Basingstoke Loddon member John Bonner said: "This is a great family event where the kids, in particular, love to watch the ducks race. There will also be face painting, music and people can have a drink or meal in the nearby pub.

"We run three or four heats and then have the final race. We alternate between yellow and blue numbered ducks in the heats, and generally each race involves around 500 ducks.

"There will be a prize for each heat winner, and the special prize of the flight will go to the winner of the grand final.

"Hopefully, the weather will be kind to us and this will be a great fun day for all, and a generous donation will go to Ark Cancer Centre Charity."

As well as supporting Ark, proceeds raised at this event will go towards other Basingstoke Loddon Rotary-supported good causes.

More information about the duck race, and Basingstoke Loddon Rotary Club, can be found on the club's website at