Video: Rotarians go quackers at record-breaking duck race

Hebden Bridge Rotary Club’s annual duck race has been dubbed the best ever after records were smashed left right and centre.

Crowds of around 10,000 - the most - ever flocked to Hebden Bridge to cheer on their plastic duck, with a record high of 8,200 sold for the first time.

Big crowds at Hebden Bridge Rotary Club's annual duck race

Big crowds at Hebden Bridge Rotary Club's annual duck race

All proceeds from the event will go to local charities and good causes, and rotary president Brian Boocock thanked everyone for their generous support.

“I’d like to thank all the members of the public for turning up and making it a brilliant atmosphere,” he said.

“Thank you to all the 115 businesses who took part in the business duck race and a big thanks to all the children who made ducks for the shop windows and make the town look so exciting. And finally, thanks to the owners of Walkley Clogs for use of the car park.”

The winner of the main race, which saw the numbered yellow ducks leave St George’s Bridge at 3.15pm and arrived at New Road Bridge a few minutes later, was Sarah Burd of Halifax, who took the £300 prize. Second, winning £200 was ten-year-old Georgina Holmes of Luddenden Foot, while third place and £100 was Lee Randles. Fourth place and £50 went to Jason Hodges.

For a full report see this week’s newspaper.