Winners all round at fun race night

There were squeals of delight as a team of prize-winning porkers scurried down a track at Todmorden Lions’ fundraiser last Saturday!

These pigs were clockwork ones - and they brought home the bacon, as the evening at Todmorden High School got the Lions’ campaign under way to fund a lightweight sports wheelchair for young table tennis star Megan Shackleton, with around £1,200 being raised towards the £3,000 total.

From the left, Rod Wainwright of Todmorden Lions, GB Paralympic table tennis squad star Megan Shackleton and Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth with three of the competitors at the Pig Racing Night

From the left, Rod Wainwright of Todmorden Lions, GB Paralympic table tennis squad star Megan Shackleton and Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth with three of the competitors at the Pig Racing Night

Megan and her family were among the 120 ticketholders who had an evening of great fun, with an extra race being arranged at the end of the evening to give the opportunity to back another hog on the nose after the initial six races.

The evening came as news broke that Megan had made the Great Britain squad.

Rated second in her class in the country, the 14-year-old has a chance of making the Paralympic squad for the Rio games in 2016 - for more on Megan’s sporting achievement, see our sports section this week.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth was at the event and spoke to Megan about her selection.

Lions and other volunteers manned the race teller desks, with Lion Rod Wainwright stepping in as master of ceremonies for the event while fellow Lion Mike Clarkson was the race master.

Music for the evening came from Todmorden DJ Jonathan Knowles.

A pie and peas supper was served half way through the event and the raffle was held just before the last race.

Rod said: “It went very well and people enjoyed a great fun and informal evening.

“Todmorden High School sponsored the event through use of their premises. Quite a lot of people thanked us for a good night out.

“Our Mayor came along and had a good time,” he said.

The next fundraising event for Megan’s fund will be a Family Fun Casino Night in November.

l Watch our website www.todmordennews.co.uk to get a flavour of the evening.