Ferrets fund festival

Ferreting about: James McKay, top jockey Lindsey Stevens and Anne Eyley enjoy the ferret racing.
Ferreting about: James McKay, top jockey Lindsey Stevens and Anne Eyley enjoy the ferret racing.

Ferret-racing fans helped Ashover Church Flower Guild raise £1,700 for charity last week.

More than 100 ferret fanciers, many in traditional flat caps and with their trouser legs tied up with string, flocked to Ashover Parish Hall for the race night staged by National Ferret School director James McKay.

The money will be used to fund a flower festival and scarecrow trail for charity at All Saints during the August Bank Holiday when proceeds will be shared between the church and Ashgate Hospice.

Rector Ralph Lawrence said: “It’s a fantastic achievement”.

Organiser Anne Eyley said: “It was an absolutely hilarious evening. It was wonderful to see so many people having so much fun”.

Champion jockey of the evening was Lindsey Stevens who was taken to the event as a belated birthday present by her husband, village postmaster Duncan.

The best-dressed ferret fancier prize went to Jack Higham.