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The Dunning Duck Race

Burnside repair St Serfs Tower repair
St Serfs Tower repair

During 1992 St Serf's steeple was undergoing repairs and stone cleaning, and so was covered in scaffolding. Dunning Community Council thought this was a good opportunity to ge the faces of the village clock (which are normally unreachable) refurbished, and so it was decided that the clock itself should be renovated.

At the same time the burn was undergoing major repairs, with large machines in the main stream working on the banks and in the water. Perhaps this is what suggested the idea of a duck race to help raise the required funds.

And so in 1993 on the same day as the annual flower show, the event was held. Ten races were planned along with side events including a bouncy castle, wet sponge throwing and of course a barbeque. A trophy was donated for the overall winner - and so the ten winning ducks had to compete in an extra race. The First Race
The Queue for Burgers Cooking the Burgers
First Race Winner Race Champion
A crowd of Spectators The first race was won by Albi Sinclair (prizes presented by Christine Dickson) and Joyce Stewart won the trophy to display proudly on her mantelpiece -
but only for a year.
(photos above)
Lorne Wallace

Sufficient money was raised to complete the funding for the repairs to the clock, which was set going again in 1994.

However, the event proved so popular that it has been held every year since, raising money for various good causes.

Ducks in full flow Ducks in full flow

One year the trophy was won by a visitor from England and taken home. It was thought to be lost, but it returned on the day of the event the following year, none the worse for its adventures.

And in 2010 the tradition is as strong as ever. This year the winners trophy was presented to Suzanne King by our ex community bobby Ian Thomson of the Auchterarder and District Rotary Club. (last photo)

Ducks in full flow Ducks in full flow Ducks in full flow
Ducks in full flow Winner presented with trophy


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