Pig racing in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Lions - Gemma Crawley, secretary Marie Compain, president Paul Bradley and business officer Andrew Fayers - at a previous pig race event
Bury St Edmunds Lions - Gemma Crawley, secretary Marie Compain, president Paul Bradley and business officer Andrew Fayers - at a previous pig race event
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Battery-driven toy piglets will be the star attraction at a fund-raiser in Bury St Edmunds next weekend.

Pigs, ridden by model jockeys, will race along a table-mounted field at Westbury Community Centre, in Oliver Road, from 7.15pm on February 28.

The event is being organised by the Bury St Edmunds Lions Club and will include a light supper of pork burger, sausages and dessert.

Club member Keith Nuttall said: “The pigs are switched on at the start, the gate is raised and ‘they’re off’. The first pig to fall into a trough at the end of the lanes wins.

“There will be eight live races. Only the jockeys are numbered and these are switched amongst the pigs after each race, so there is no knowing which combination will win.”

Money raised will go to Cancer Research UK in memory of Dave Widowson, a ‘popular’ Westbury Social Club member who died two years ago, and St Edmundsbury Newstalk, a charity that provides taped news each week to blind and visually impaired people in the Bury area.

Spectators will be invited to ‘own’ and name each of the runners, with prizes for the winning owners, while race sponsorship and bets placed via a tote system will help to raise further funds.

“The club looks forward to great anticipation from the punters as they cheer on their favourites,” said Mr Nuttall.

For tickets, priced at £8 for adults and £4 for children aged 12 and under, call Paul Bradley on 07770 763068.

The Bury Lions was re-established in 2013 and, since then, has raised more than £5,000 for charities that include Bury’s Women’s Aid Centre, St Nicholas Hospice Care, West Suffolk Hospital’s Forget Me Not Dementia Campaign and Serv Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

For details on the club and becoming a member, visit www.burystedmunds-lions.org.uk