Midsummer fun in Windsor raises £25,000 for charities

Midsummer fun in Windsor raises £25,000 for charities

Francis Batt

Midsummer fun in Windsor raises £25,000 for charities
Scotty with Pete Graves

A record number of 60 charity stalls raised a whopping £25,000 for good causes at Windsor's midsummer fair on Saturday.

Among the fundraisers in Alexandra Gardens was Windsor Football Club mascot Scotty the Stag.

He delighted the crowds with his popular penalty shoot out game.

Those left smiling included Sky Sports News anchor Pete Graves, who was visiting the fair and remembered Scotty from his string of podium finishes in the Mascot Grand National.

Having faced more than 300 penalties and sweltered away under the beautiful blue skies for over four hours, Scotty raised more than £110 for Thames Hospicecare. 

This will be enough to provide more than four hours of palliative nursing care at the hospice in Hatch Lane.

The Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr John Lenton, and Deputy Mayoress Margaret Lenton, opened the fair - with a bit of help from Donald Duck's 'missis' Daisy.

The traditional plastic duck race held along the river between Bath Island and the Windsor Eton Bridge is always a highlight of the fair, and this year was no exception.

A total of 1,500 people had bought £2 ducks and 74 businesses had bought the £25 ones, ensuring the annual spectacle of thousands of plastic mallards floating majestically down the river.

The Salvation Army Band and the Datchet Morris Men made their own contribution to the fair, which was seamlessly organised by Windsor and Eton Rotary Club fundraising chairman Paul Bayley and vice-president Geoff Kidd.

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