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Grand Norwich Duck Race a Quacking Success

Grand Norwich Duck Race August Bank Holiday Monday

On a beautiful sunny bank holiday, 50 decorated ducks took to the water for the annual Break Grand Norwich Duck race.

Crowds lined the riverbank in anticipation of a closely contested race.  Would Diva Duck be hampered by her 'big hair'?

Diva Duck

Would James Pond sink?

James Pond

The Lord Mayor Cllr Keith Driver started the race on the dot of 3pm, but there was a slight problem, out of the organisers control, a combination of the tide not turning and the wind!  The ducks once in the water all wanted to race the other way!  This did not stop the enjoyment however as with careful steering by the team from The Canoe Man, the ducks were guided, albeit rather sedately down the river to Fye Bridge and then released to race back to establish a winner!  The duck from City College, Norwich triumphant.

Hundreds of  baby ducks were then raced in the opposite direction from Fye Bridge to St Georges Bridge without too much incident and the sponsors of the winning ducks will be notified later this week of the prizes they have won.

We would like to thank the Ribs of Beef, all the volunteers, The Canoe Man and his team, the Ribs Rovers marshals, sponsors Adnams and Carlsberg, Cllr Keith Driver - for being such a good sport, the entertainers, Phil Daniels for face painting and the thousands of people who came to cheer the ducks on. Your support of Break will change young lives.

Please click here to see photos of the event

Click here to read the article in the Evening News




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