Family wins brand new car in carnival prize draw

SHOCKED: Weymouth Carnival car winners, Michael and Lisa Fance with their sons Matthew and James

SHOCKED: Weymouth Carnival car winners, Michael and Lisa Fance with their sons Matthew and James

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Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

WINNING a new car at Weymouth Carnival doesn’t seem real yet for one family.

The Fance family said they are still in a state of shock after scooping the top prize in the draw – a brand new Citroën C1 car from MMC in Dorchester.

Michael and Lisa Fance were down in Weymouth on holiday with their sons Matthew, 11, and James, nine, when they bought their lucky winning tickets.

The family, from Guildford, have been coming down to the town for three years and stayed near Bowleaze Cove.

They brought two tickets for the grand prize draw the weekend before the Carnival. They do it every year to support the carnival, Mr Fance said, but they never expected to win.

After enjoying the carnival, the Red Arrows and fireworks, the family headed back to their accommodation, without waiting for the grand prize draw.

Mr Fance said he got a call the day after from the carnival organisers to tell him he had won.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it to be honest, it was quite surreal.

“I really couldn’t believe it. We have been coming here for three years and brought a couple of tickets each year to support the carnival. But you never expect to win. We were just gob smacked.

“I still don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”

The family collected the car last Saturday and Lisa and the boys drove it back to Guildford, while Mr Fance drove his wife’s car home.

Since then, the family said they have been going out for drives and enjoying the new car.

Mr Fance said the family would like to say a huge thank you to the carnival organisers and MMC in Dorchester.

Michael McManus from the Weymouth Carnival said: “We would like to say a huge congratulations to the Fance family.”

Mr MacManus said the whole family had been a ‘delight’ to chat to.

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9:49am Fri 29 Aug 14

NearlyLocal says...

Carnical??? Great use of spell checker in the headline
Carnical??? Great use of spell checker in the headline NearlyLocal
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9:54am Fri 29 Aug 14

JamesYoung says...

NearlyLocal wrote:
Carnical??? Great use of spell checker in the headline
Shocking isn't it.
[quote][p][bold]NearlyLocal[/bold] wrote: Carnical??? Great use of spell checker in the headline[/p][/quote]Shocking isn't it. JamesYoung
  • Score: 7

10:28am Fri 29 Aug 14

caapprentice says...

Did the writer mean 'comical' (like the headline).
I don't understand why the word-processing program that the OHEC staff (both locally and in Bournemouth) use does not have a built-in spell-checker. Perhaps it does but the OHEC staff deliberately switch it off due to their superior knowledge of spelling and grammar?
Did the writer mean 'comical' (like the headline). I don't understand why the word-processing program that the OHEC staff (both locally and in Bournemouth) use does not have a built-in spell-checker. Perhaps it does but the OHEC staff deliberately switch it off due to their superior knowledge of spelling and grammar? caapprentice
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Fri 29 Aug 14

siriem says...

But on a much lighter and less judgemental note, congratulations to the Fance family. Nice to see some good news.
But on a much lighter and less judgemental note, congratulations to the Fance family. Nice to see some good news. siriem
  • Score: 7

4:08am Sat 30 Aug 14

JamesYoung says...

siriem wrote:
But on a much lighter and less judgemental note, congratulations to the Fance family. Nice to see some good news.
Indeed! Don't know them but really pleased for them.
[quote][p][bold]siriem[/bold] wrote: But on a much lighter and less judgemental note, congratulations to the Fance family. Nice to see some good news.[/p][/quote]Indeed! Don't know them but really pleased for them. JamesYoung
  • Score: 2

8:39am Sat 30 Aug 14

FineDancer says...

The article still has two instances of "brought tickets" rather than "bought" and there's an inconsistency in the spelling of McManus (MacManus).

And all this under the name of the SENIOR reporter - how embarrassing!

By the way; many congratulations to the Fance family.
The article still has two instances of "brought tickets" rather than "bought" and there's an inconsistency in the spelling of McManus (MacManus). And all this under the name of the SENIOR reporter - how embarrassing! By the way; many congratulations to the Fance family. FineDancer
  • Score: 4

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