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The River Welland in Deeping St James was turned into a sea of yellow on Sunday for the annual Deeping Duck Race
The River Welland in Deeping St James was turned into a sea of yellow on Sunday for the annual Deeping Duck Race

The River Welland in Deeping St James was turned into a sea of yellow on Sunday for the annual Deeping Duck Race.

Around 2,800 sponsored plastic ducks took to the river to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and were cheered

on by more than 2,000 spectators who lined the banks along Bridge Street.

Around 2,000 people attended the annual Deeping Duck Race Photos: Lee Hellwing
Around 2,000 people attended the annual Deeping Duck Race Photos: Lee Hellwing

Organisers, The Deepings Lions Club, believe they have raised more than £2,500.

Tony Plunkett, secretary of the club, said: “The duck race went really well and it was perfect weather for it.

“We’re confident we’ve raised more than the £2,000 we gave to the Air Ambulance last year.

Around 2,000 people attended the annual Deeping Duck Race Photos: Lee Hellwing
Around 2,000 people attended the annual Deeping Duck Race Photos: Lee Hellwing

“The Air Ambulance is something that is local to the area and a service we see quite regularly in The Deepings."

More than 2,500 ducks took part in the race that started at the Deeping Higher Lock, passed under the Stone Bridge and finished at the footbridge.

The top prize of £100 for the first duck to cross the line was won by Mr Gard, second prize of £50 went to Mr Ding and the third of £25 to Mrs Gage.

Around 2,000 people attended the annual Deeping Duck Race Photos: Lee Hellwing
Around 2,000 people attended the annual Deeping Duck Race Photos: Lee Hellwing

As well as the main race, there were also smaller races that local businesses took part in.

Dave Coombs, 84, chief organiser, said: "It’s a lovely event for the young and old to enjoy.

“Who would have thought the sight of thousands of ducks gently going down the river can bring so much pleasure.”

Mr Coombs added he wanted to thank everyone involved in the event that helped to make it a success, including all the visitors, all those who

sponsored a duck, stall holders, volunteers and all the sponsors.



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