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Thousands turn out for Cobham Heritage Day
It was a wet but wondrous heritage day in Cobham on Saturday, with thousands of people turning out.
Now in its eight year, organisers saw a record number of entrants in both the duck race and the flower show.
More than 7,400 plastic ducks took to the water and raced along the River Mole from Cobham Mile to the finish line by the new Riverhill platform, with the winning duck scooping its owner a prize of £250.
On dry land, 60 classic cars were the Leg O’Mutton Field and the festivities were given an added burst of excitement from maypole dancers and Morris men.
A jazz band provided entertainment throughout the day and youngsters were kept at bay with a traditional Punch and Judy Show and an animal petting farm.
David Tipping, vice-chairman of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust, said: “Despite the weather we had quite a few thousand people turn up and Cobham was alive.
“It was disappointing there was not sunshine like the last seven years, but I suppose you lose one now and then.
“It showed the community support and a bit of rain didn’t stop people coming along. It was good to see the people of Cobham and further afield taking an active part which is what coming together is all about. Some people said it gets better every year.”
Among other festivities, a number of stalls from local businesses and charities were set up offering teas and coffees, gifts and activities.
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