The sun made a welcome appearance in time for the first race on the fixture list. In a slight departure from tradition, this year’s races were colour-coded, and all the ducks were tagged, a system which seemed to help things proceed swimmingly.
The little yellow competitors were encouraged along by an able team of ‘duck wranglers’, who made sure there were no escapees, and definitely no cheating! Excitement at the finish line was intense, with the first five from each race rushing to reception to claim their prizes. The Friends of Barry Mill also did some ‘eggs’-cellent fund-raising with their novelty duck stall.
The final Novelty Duck Race was enormous fun; a ‘surgeon duck’ making the cut to eventually become the overall winner.
The Easter Bonnet and Painted Egg Competitions, always a family favourite, drew some wonderfully creative entries, and the Treasure Hunt proved suitably cryptic for those taking part.
Visitors also enjoyed a chance to look around the mill, with many taking the opportunity to help safeguard its future by signing up for National Trust for Scotland membership. All the Mill staff and volunteers would like to extend a huge thank you to every one of the families who helped make this an eggs-tra special day.
Many more events are planned for the year ahead, so haste ye back!
Barry Mill is a working Category A listed watermill owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland as an educational tourist attraction.