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No one wanted to duck out of a quacking day


By Eve Tawfick


The Downham festival was rounded off with a jam-packed fun day at the Howdale park last Sunday.

Scores of locals gathered to take part in the frivolities with adults and children alike taking part.

There was an unusual spectacle where crowds cheered on the ‘K9 quackers’, who are specially trained ducks that were being herded by sheepdogs into pens.

Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..Dog show parade. (11631473)
Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..Dog show parade. (11631473)

A dog show took place at 11am, which was hosted by Swaffam vets, where dogs of all classes were displayed.

Locals were delighted with the vast array of cars, tractors and bikes paraded in the central arena with some classic models making an appearance.

There were Rolls-Royces, an exclusive MGX Parlour LSV, one of only 30 ever made, and a Land Rover, belonging to the late Steven Adderson, which was lovingly restored at the behest of his father Graham as a tribute to his memory.

Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..K9 Quackers Show with Sheep dog and Ducks. (11631257)
Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..K9 Quackers Show with Sheep dog and Ducks. (11631257)

At 2.30pm two local teams put their muscles to the test as they entered into a tug-of-war. King’s Lynn Club battled against the Downham Festival team, who were the winners. The tug of war was sponsored by RAF Marham, who the day’s organiser Graham Adderson would like to thank.

As well as the main events a selection of local stalls, showcasing local produce and businesses, donuts, ice cream and tomobola were available all day.

Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..Crazy Bananas with Bernard Quackery at the fun day. (11631302)
Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..Crazy Bananas with Bernard Quackery at the fun day. (11631302)

Graham said, “It was a fantastic day and we had a good crowd.

“I’ve had a lot of experience organising events like this so it was great to give locals a free, fun day out at the end of half term.

Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..Ice Cream time for brothers (LtoR), Jenson Mack (4) and Ellis Mack (2) from Stowbridge. (11631471)
Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..Ice Cream time for brothers (LtoR), Jenson Mack (4) and Ellis Mack (2) from Stowbridge. (11631471)

“The kids loved the tractors, pony rides and of course the animals.

“If they asked me to do it next year I would happy to organise it. I wanted to do something different, as everyone’s seen everything these days.

Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..K9 Quackers Show with Sheep dog and Ducks. (11631258)
Downham Festival Annual Fun Day, held on the Howdale at Downham Market ..K9 Quackers Show with Sheep dog and Ducks. (11631258)

“Although I must say they possibly haven’t seen a bunch of K9 quackers before! I would like to thank my wife and friends for helping out.”



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