Cracking Easter

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SUNSHINE ensured a successful turn-out for the annual Easter duck races at Wilberfoss.

The soaring temperatures helped attract thousands of punters to the banks of the village beck as the fundraising once again exceeded expectations.

Steve Langstaff, who helps organise the event each year, said: “It was fantastic, we had more people than ever before lining both sides of the beck.

“Everything was sold on all the stalls and we had to raise the number of ducks in each race from 150 to 200, and even then there were people who were unable to buy one!

“We may have to have 250 ducks a race next year!”

The day raised over £1,507 with all the cash set to help out local village causes.

Meanwhile, other Easter events have been celebrated across the region over the past week.

Egg hunts have been held across villages, including Hayton and Sancton, each both trying to raise funds for their village hall, youngsters at Barmby Moor Primary School went searching for golden tickets to exchange for Easter eggs and nursery children in Market Weighton celebrated by making bonnets.

However, the religious significance of the event played a part for children from Bugthorpe Primary who had carried a cross to nearby Skirpenbeck, stopping at their own ‘12 stations of the cross’ which symbolises the 12 significant events leading up to the crucifixion.

The local churches in Pocklington also marked the death of Christ by carrying out a Walk of Witness led by a huge cross.