A lovely day for ducks raises a superb sum for Lions’ charities

In among the ducks before the big race
In among the ducks before the big race

It was perfect weather for plastic ducks as thousands of them floated down the River Calder.

The annual duck race organised by Todmorden Lions was a resounding success despite the weather with around 2,500 braving the water.

Lions president Rod Wainwright said: “There was quite a good crowd and it went very very well.

“Our sales of ducks were affected by the weather leading up to it but we still raised more than £1,100 in profit which will go towards helping the local community and organisations.”

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain was in attendance and praised the Lions for the work they do for the town as well as providing entertainment like this.

“Todmorden Lions do a wonderful job for the people of Todmorden and local charities, including the Duck Race and annual canal walk from Manchester,” he said.

“Last year this included a lot of help after the floods. I wish them all the best and hope they carry on their good work.”

All 2,500 ducks made it down the course in around 50 minutes with prizes for the first three finishers (1754, 2240, 2701) and the last duck to cross the line (663).

Members of Todmorden Lions and junior section Todmorden Leos were in the water to pack away the ducks as they passed the finishing line.

Mr Wainwright said the event couldn’t have gone ahead without the commitment of Lions members and local businesses who sponsored the newsletter advertising the race.

He will hand over the presidential chain of office to Pam Lally early in the summer, and said Lions would be holding a membership drive in June.