Crabbing competition nets more than £500

Reuben Weal took the honours

Reuben Weal took the honours

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MORE than 100 youngsters and their families gathered for a competition to catch the most crabs, raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

The event was held on the jetty behind the River Hamble Harbour Master’s office, in Warsash.

Children put their skills to the test with a prize for the highest number of crustaceans captured.

Reuben Weal, eight, of Swanwick, was crowned overall champion, netting an incredible 62 crabs.

Overall, the event raised £504 for charity Meningitis Now, funding research and support into meningitis.

Deputy harbour master Wendy Stowe said: ‘We chose Meningitis Now because a mum in the village lost her baby to the disease.

‘In six years we’ve raised over £3,000 for multiple causes.

‘I’d like to thank all who took part.’

River Hamble Harbour Board chairman Cllr Keith Evans said: ‘It’s a great event.

‘It has support from the community and raises funds for good causes.’

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