Children enjoy crabbing contest on River Hamble

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AROUND 100 younger crabbers and their families attended the fifth annual crabbing event last Saturday.

The contestants were taken out to a jetty on the river Hamble, Warsash, where the competition took place.

The contest is run by Hampshire County Council’s Harbour Master’s Office and tests the skills of the youngsters.

The winner is the one who grabs the most crabs.

By the end of the day, 364 crabs were netted.

The winner, Reuben Weal, caught 82 crabs.

The seven-year-old from Swanwick also took the trophy for biggest crab.

The winning crustacean measured seven centimetres across.

The annual contest raises money for charity and this year raised £470 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

In the five years it has been running it has raised £2,500.

Wendy Stowe, the Harbour Authority’s deputy harbour master said: ‘It was great that so many people turned out on such a windy day for this event and I would like to thank all those who supported the day either by helping or taking part’.

Cllr Keith Evans, chairman of the county council’s River Hamble Harbour Board praised the staff who donated their time.

All crabs were returned to the river after the competition.