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Pig racing raising money for Go Commando

Our sold out 2018 Christmas Party Nights got underway at the weekend.

As always one of the main highlights was the charity pig racing!

In 2013 toy pig racing was introduced to our Party Nights to add a little extra entertainment and to help raise money for charity. It proved to be incredibly popular and made over £1500 for our chosen charity.

Ever since then, the racing has become an integral part of the evening.

In 2016 the pigs were given the year off but their return was swift as Catering General Manager, Sam Safe explains. “We tried something else that year but we had so many people demanding the return of the pigs that we brought them straight back out of retirement,” she said. “It’s become so popular that we daren’t do anything else!”

Sam explains how the pig racing works. “Every night we asked each table if they would like to sponsor a pig for the evening for a minimum donation of £10,” she said. “After all the tables had chosen their pigs, we switch them on, line them up and watch them go!

“The winner is the first pig to make it across the dance floor and the winning table get a large fish bowl of cocktail to enjoy.

“This year the pigs will be helping to raise money for the Go Commando charity and over the first two nights we’ve already raised over £600.”

Go Commando was founded in late 2010 in response to the overwhelming desire of the community of Taunton to show support for the local Royal Marines Unit 40 Commando RM, on return from their difficult tour of Afghanistan.

The charity aims to support all Royal Marines both serving and former, and their families.

For more information on Go Commando click here

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