WHEN the Assendon spring flowed for the first time in nearly 15 years, residents in the surrounding villages wanted to organise something special to mark the occasion.
So hot on the heels of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, a group of regulars at the Rainbow Inn in Middle Assendon decided to stage their own gold cup race using rubber ducks.
Thanks to the warm and sunny weather on Sunday, about 150 people took part in the competition.
The course covered a 400m stretch of the spring, which runs alongside the B480 from Upper Assendon to the Thames in Henley.
Chris Chantry, a former parish councillor for Middle Assendon, organised the races with his wife Ina, villagers Lisbeth Thiesen and Rick Battersby and Rainbow landlords Curly and Jean Chandler.