Guernsey's Harbour Carnival breaks fundraising record

image captionGuernsey Cub Scout leader and deputy, Michelle Le Clerc, entered the man-powered flight contest

Guernsey's Harbour Carnival has raised significantly more funds than ever before after a break in the weather drew large crowds to St Peter Port.

The annual event, held on 6 July, raised £24,487, beating 2011's £14,452 which was itself a record sum.

The funds will be distributed by the Guernsey Round Table, with half going to this year's main beneficiary, the Bailiwick Scout Association.

The remaining 50% will go to other causes in the Bailiwick.

Shaun Gourley, the president of the Guernsey Round Table, said: "We were so lucky with the weather which helped to bring the crowds out."

Duck race

Guernsey saw its average monthly rainfall for July matched within the month's first 12 days, causing several Bailiwick events to be cancelled or postponed.

However, the sun shone on the evening of the carnival.

The introduction of a corporate sponsored plastic duck race was also credited by the organisers with boosting funds.

There were also record numbers of entrants into traditional events such as the daft raft race and the man-powered flight contest.

These included newly elected deputy Michelle Le Clerc, who is also the Guernsey Cub Scout leader.

Julie Bulpitt, the Bailiwick commissioner of the Guernsey Scouts Association, said the money would be used to purchase new equipment for all 10 of its scout groups, as well as supporting off-island trips.

"It's been a packed few months since we heard in May that we had been selected as the main beneficiary," she said.

"We have been busy selling the mini ducks and building rafts to enter the various races and we helped out on the night."

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