Hundreds of people flock to village duck race and have a quacking time

Organisers Chris Gray, Anthony Ambrose-Dawson, Richard Bishell-Wells, Geoff Gaunt and Tobias Gaunt.
Organisers Chris Gray, Anthony Ambrose-Dawson, Richard Bishell-Wells, Geoff Gaunt and Tobias Gaunt.

Villagers had a quacking time at this year’s annual duck race in Wilberfoss.

More than 500 people lined the banks of Wilberfoss Beck for the popular event on Easter Sunday.

Plastic ducks floating down the beck.

Plastic ducks floating down the beck.

The event, which raised more than £2,000 for local activities and groups, included six duck races, with 300 plastic ducks in each race. People paid £1 a duck to enter. There were five prizes up for grabs in each race - £30 for first place, £25 for the runner-up, £20 for third, £10 for fourth and £5 for fifth place.

Geoff Gaunt, treasurer of the Wilberfoss Duck Race Association, said: “It went extremely well. It’s the most we have ever raised. We raised the number of ducks and pleased we managed to sell them all.”

See this week’s (31 March) paper for more pictures.