You’d be quackers to miss out on the Charity Duck Race

Ready to get in the swim...one of the decorated duck competition entries for the 2015 Hebden Bridge Rotary Club Duck Race

Ready to get in the swim...one of the decorated duck competition entries for the 2015 Hebden Bridge Rotary Club Duck Race

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It’s almost here...on Easter Monday thousands of visitors, from near and far, will flock to Hebden Bridge to have a gander at the 16th annual Charity Duck Race on Easter Monday, April 6.

The event, organised by the Hebden Bridge Rotary Club is now one of the premier events in the town and provides a fabulous fun day for families of all ages.

Throughout the day there will be a variety of entertainment, including children’s rides, charity stalls, live music from a local jazz band, as well as the ever popular Hebden Bridge Junior Band.

Following the success of last year’s Decorated Duck competition, numerous local junior and infant schools, nurseries and play groups are again using their individual or collective creative talents, which will let them feel even more a part of the event.

Prizes of £100 for each of the Nursery/Playgroup/School category winners are fiercely competed for!

A total of 14 schools have been busy constructing with decorating their dapper ducks this year, with Hebden Royd, Colden, Heptonstall, Riverside, Stubbings, Crossley Mill Day Nursery,

Hebden Bridge Private Nursery (above the station), Little Foot Big Foot at Luddenden Foot, The Ark at Cragg Road, Mytholomroyd, and Mytholmroyd Play Group.

All the entries are on display in various shop windows around the town, allowing everyone to appreciate not only their efforts and hard work, but also the fun that will have gone into preparing them.

Shops displaying the fabulous creations are: Quilt Cabin, Zinnia, The Old Tree House, Cabbages & Cushions, Willow Garden, Earth Spirit, Just Books, Innovation, Fleur de Lys, Ryburne Estate Agents, Silly Billys, Mountain Wild, Daisy & Sam and Valet Stores.

A Rotary Club spokesman said: “Each shop has a display in their window, together with a numbered poster - and you, the public will be the judges!

“Have a gander round Hebden Bridge and choose your Best Decorated Duck, then logon to the Hebden Bridge Rotary Club website www.hebdenbridgerotary.org.uk to cast your vote. Prizes will be awarded on Easter Monday to those judged to be the most popular. Voting will close on Sunday, April 5.

The main Duck Race starts at approximately 3.15pm on Easter Monday when up to 8,500 individually numbered yellow ducks are all launched at the same time into the river from St George’s Bridge.

The Ducks race down Hebden Water to the finish line at West End bridge, cheered on enthusiastically by thousands of spectators who watch from every possible vantage point.

Tickets for the Duck Race cost £1 each and are available on-line and from numerous shops and pubs in the town and from the Tourist Information Centre beside the Marina - just look for premises displaying brightly coloured Duck in Speedboat posters.

Tickets, and other duck related gifts, will also be on sale from the Rotary stall in St Georges Square in the centre of Hebden Bridge from 10am to 4pm on April 3 to 5, and from 10am to 3pm on Race Day - Easter Monday.

The spokesman said: “The local business community will, once again, be involved in the fun. The Rotary Club is organising the Local Business Sponsored Duck Race, held just before the main event - with the winning larger red, green or blue ducks giving their business owner the kudos of displaying winner’s trophies and plaques for the rest of the year.”