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A great day had by all!

What an amazing turn out for the Mayors Picnic and Duck Race 2022.

It was an afternoon filled with live entertainment, shopping, food and fun activities. The Mayor of Romsey Neil Gwynne described it as “enormous fun and hugely successful” not sure whether this comment was before or after we dunked him in the pool of the Soakabloke or not!

Neil Gwynne - Mayor of Romsey says:-

Anyone who was at Romsey’s Jubilee street party (or has seen the pictures) will know what a fantastic event that was. Well, Romsey has just done it again! Fantastically organised by Romsey Test Rotary (and special thanks to Peter Hurst) this was a superb day out for over 2,000 people who packed the Memorial Park from before the official opening at noon, right through to closure at 5 o’clock. Lots of stalls, great entertainment, plus some new things – like the Mayors’ picnic, with Mayors and parish council leaders from around and about – and some old things – like soakabloke, as I became all too aware of! It really could not be bettered.

It was so great this year to have a dedicated tent for the Mayor and Mayoress and members of the Parish Council, Mayor of Southampton and Mayor of Andover to join us for afternoon tea. This year’s Rotary president Nigel Budd “It was a real delight to help preside at this Rotary organised event. A real pleasure to watch Romsonians have a lovely family afternoon, enjoying wonderful entertainment on a Summer's afternoon'. Nigel also had the joy of being dunked in the pool! He is still smiling though!

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s event possible from the many Rotarians who give up their whole day, to all the volunteers who came along and helped out.

Did you know! Rotary Club of Romsey Test has some 60 members although the more members we have, the more we can achieve, so please don’t be shy if you fancy joining our growing team. Contact us via email to find out more

The Romsey Old Cadets are so special to Romsey and the crowds certainly do come out in force to see them perform. It was so lovely to watch the parade from the Abbey all the way down to the park followed by members of the public. Everyone getting in the spirit of things.

Entertainment included singing from the amazing Romsey Voices, Mountbatten Choir and Romsey Youth Children’s choir. Mountbatten Big Band were truly brilliant and let’s not forget the fabulous martial arts from AO Tae Kwon Do.

The Duck Race saw huge success this year and raised just over £2k for local charities. There is something quite special about watching loads of little plastic ducks bobbing down the river so pleased the scuba divers were there to rescue them all. Our Winning Duck was named JANE. Well done to everyone who took part.

Now that’s the way to do it!! Who said that? Oh yes I almost forgot the Punch and Judy show by Gary Wilson. Now where did I put those sausages?

Roll on next year!!

If you would like to book a stall space or would like to join the entertainment section please email

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