Duck race poking fun at ex-Gosport MP is hailed a success

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A PUB’S duck race helped raised hundreds of pounds for a charity – as well as poking fun at an expenses-shamed MP.

Park Tavern in Gosport held its third annual duck race day.

The event was started after former Gosport MP Peter Viggers tried to claim taxpayers’ money for a duck island at his home.

In the past two years the pub has raised a generous amount of money for its chosen charities, and this year proved to be no different.

The event started off at 2.30pm, with a barbecue in the garden and a raffle with 61 prizes, ranging from pizzas to household tools and horse riding vouchers, that had all been donated by local businesses.

The duck race was hailed a great success.

They were dropped in to the nearby creek with the first toy duck to cross the other side of the bridge declared the winner.

The day ended up raising well over £700, which is added to the money that the Park Tavern has raised for their chosen charity so far this year, which is Hampshire Air Ambulance.