Festivities to raise festive charity funds

KENILWORTH is gearing up for another charitable Christmas with annual festive events including the castle carol service and duck racing just days away.

There is also still time to make a donation and remember a loved one on the Rotary Club’s Tree of Light in Talisman Square.

Residents can sponsor a light and have the name of a relative or family member displayed alongside in return for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

To make your tribute, fill in the attached form and send it to the club. Forms are also available at John Boothroyd estate agents, Town and Country Furniture shops and Kenilworth Library.

And the Kenilworth Lions Club is making final preparations for two of its biggest events of the year with the annual carol service and famous duck race just around the corner.

The club will host the Carols in the Castle on Saturday December 22, where crowds are expected to gather in the grounds of Kenilworth for the festive concert.

Music will be provided by the Salvation Army Band, supported by the choir of St Augustine’s School and the Clinton Steel Pans.

Gates open at 5.30pm for 6pm start and tickets are £5 for adults, available from Kenilworth Library.

And rounding off the Christmas celebrations will be the hugely popular annual Boxing Day Duck Race in Abbey Fields.

Hundreds are expected to take part in the town’s gaming tradition where players back a duck for £1 and then watch them race downstream for the big win.

Prizes range from £100 to £25 cash and the ducks will be launched by town mayor, George Illingworth at noon at the ford.

Tickets are now available from the Lions Club and around town shops.

All finds raised will go to charitable causes around the town.