The brethren of Kingsway Lodge No 7870 and their guests enjoyed an excellent ‘night at the races’ at the Masonic Hall in Widnes. With six races plus an extra bonus race on the card, the night was set for some serious form studying. All of which went out of the window with the first throw of the dice!
Race one was won by some distance by ‘Donkey Oatey’ owned by Don Edwards with several lucky punters also cashing in at the betting desk. A close run in the second race saw ‘Potters choice’ eventually take the prize for Alan Tittensor.
In the third race the WM of the lodge Derek Jones, saw his horse ‘It’s those boys again’ take a comfortable victory. Derek collected his winning trophy and prize of a bottle of bubbly from Alan Pattinson. Alan Tittensor grabbed another winner in race four with ‘Formby flyer’.
The fifth race saw David Molineux win with his horse ‘Justin Time’. The final planned race on the cards saw Alan Pattinson claim a winner with ‘This is the one’ in a very close and open race.
With the punters at fever pitch and excited for the chance for yet more winnings, a bonus race was declared. Six more horses were entered and the chance of a place bet was even offered by the scrupulous bookkeeper. The race was eventually won by ‘Sebs secret’ owned by Paul Smith followed some time later by ‘Tito’ owned by Ian Lynch.
A total of £230 was raised for charity at the event and some huge thanks go to the brethren of Kingsway Lodge for arranging the event. Some special thanks also go to the two dedicated dice throwers, Seb and Piper Smith who were the stars of the night, without whom the horses would have been stood still!
Story and photographs by Ian Lynch.