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W'foss Duck Race - 2nd race of the afternoon gets under way

W'foss Duck Race - 2nd race of the afternoon gets under way

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WILBERFOSS village enjoyed its most successful duck race ever as over 400 people flocked to the beck for some Easter fun.

Organisers of the annual event, which has been running for over a decade, said that this year’s was the busiest yet and raised over £1,800 - the highest ever amount.

W'foss Duck Race - Richard grabs the winning ducks

W'foss Duck Race - Richard grabs the winning ducks

Steve Langstaff, chairman of the Wilberfoss Duck Race Association, said that he was delighted with the success of the event which has gone from strength to strength since its introduction.

“It was a fantastic day,” he said.

“We think there were between 400 and 450 people there, more than we’ve ever had before, and all the cake, burger and hot dog stalls sold out in the end.

“Last year we raised £1,500 which was the largest amount to date, but we’ve topped that by making over £1,800 this year.

“We don’t take any of the money, it goes straight back into the village, and people are already looking forward to more events like this.”

When the race was established around 12 years ago, there were just 50 ducks per race.

This year saw six races, each with 250 ducks taking part.

Cash prizes of £25 were given to the owners of the winning ducks, with lesser amounts given to four runners-up.