September 16, 2019

A four-year-old from Driffield who ‘loves anything with wheels’ has been presented with a radio-controlled car by leading family fuel company, Rix Petroleum.

Freddie Coutts-Lawson was one of two youngsters to win the prize at the hook-a-duck game on the company’s stand at Driffield Show.

He was joined by Sophie Artley from Kilham, who also pulled out a prize-winning duck.

Both children were presented with the toy cars earlier this week.

Sharon Coutts-Lawson, Freddie’s mum, said her son was over the moon when he found out what he’d won.

She said: “Freddie loves anything with wheels on; lorries, cars, tractors. You name it.

“So, when he found out what he’d won, he was very excited.”

Sharon attended Driffield Show with Freddie, her brother, and her brother’s son, William.

She said they had been eating an ice cream near the showground pavilion when William, two, spotted the hook-a-duck game and wanted a go.

“Naturally, Freddie did too,” she said.

“So, we went along and had a go. When Freddie pulled the duck out, the person behind the stand asked for my name and address.

“I was a bit surprised by this so asked why. It turned out it was because he pulled out a duck with the black dot on the base which meant he had won a prize.”

The hook-a-duck game was run by three young farmers groups – Wragby, Bridlington and Alnwick – who are all sponsored by Rix Petroleum.

The game also caught the eye of Sophie, four, who was there with mum Kelly and 11-year-old sister, Jessica.

Both girls had a go on the hook-a-duck, but it was Sophie who pulled out the prize-winning bird.

Kelly said: “Sophie was really happy to win a prize, but the people running the game also gave her some sweets, so she had double the fun.

“We had a lovely day at Driffield Show. We always go and try to take part in as many things as we can fit in. Rix’s stand had lots to do, so we spent quite a bit of time there.”

Paul Clappison, Rix Petroleum’s Area Sales Manager for North Yorkshire, presented the winners with their prizes earlier this week.

He said: “Driffield Show is always fantastic fun and this year we used it to celebrate our ties with the local community and the agricultural community.

“The hook-a-duck was really popular with kids and adults alike, so it is fantastic to be able to provide that fun and give out some great prizes.

“They kids were very excited to receive their toys, so we hope they get many hours of fun from them.”

2019 was Rix Petroleum’s 72nd consecutive year exhibiting at Driffield Show.

As well as the young farmers’ clubs, this year they also hosted their charity of the year, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service, and East Riding Engine Club, organisers of the Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally.

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