You’ll take to race day like ducks to water!

A packed Hebden Bridge pictured  on Easter Monday last year, watching the Duck Race
A packed Hebden Bridge pictured on Easter Monday last year, watching the Duck Race

Roll up, roll up - and buy your ducks!

That’s the message from Hebden Bridge Rotarians ahead of Easter Monday’s Hebden Bridge Duck Race.

Profits from the race, and other club events, go to local and national charities, with particular emphasis this year on helping those hit by flooding in the upper Calder Valley.

The race itself begins at around 3.15pm from County Bridge in the centre of town next to Hebden Bridge Town Hall, but there is much to enjoy around Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, both in the run-up to Easter Monday, and earlier on race day - with the chance to give your input too!

A spokesman said: “We hope people will join in, have a bit of fun, buy a duck race ticket and help the Rotary club support victims of the recent devastating floods.”

Tickets are available to purchase online - www.hebdenbridgerotary.org.uk - and in advance from a number of shops and pubs in the town and from Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre, by the canal marina.

Additionally, the Rotary Club will be selling tickets from a kiosk in St George’s Square on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and on Easter Monday. On Easter Monday tickets are on sale from 10am to 3pm in St George’s Square and at West End. Around 10,000 plastic ducks - mainly yellow but with green, blue and red for a sponsored race for businesses - will race down Hebden Water. The main race has prizes for 1st (£300), 2nd (£200), 3rd (£100) and 4th (£50).

Throughout race day there will also be a variety of entertainment, including children’s rides, stalls and live music.

In the run up, visitors to the area can take part in the decorated duck and duck art work competitions.

You don’t have to wait until Monday to get into the swing of things for the Duck Race, which you can see as follows.

Decorated Duck Displays (all Hebden Bridge shops) can be found at: Ribbon Circus, Market Street; Zinnia Hair Salon, Albert Street; Fleur de Lys Florists, Crown Street; Willow Garden Florists, New Road; Hebden Cook & Coffee, Carlton Street; I. C. Jewellers (formerly Duranczyk), Hope Street; and Ryburne Estate Agents, West End.

Duck art work can be seen at: Headquarters Hair Salon, Bridge End, Mytholmroyd; The Old Tree House, Market Street, Hebden Bridge; Claire Sheehan Estate Agents, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge; Maskills Butchers, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge; Bradbury Bathrooms, Carlton House, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge; Julie Clayton Mortgage Brokers, Bridge End, Mytholmroyd; The Deli, Market Street, Hebden Bridge; The Travel Centre, Bridge End, Mytholmroyd (there are two exhibits here); and Element Jewellery, Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

It’s a good chance to take a look around the two places and support them as they recover from floods.

Vote for your favourites on the club’s website.