Maidenhead Duck Derby 2016

Emma Billingham

Emma Billingham

It was a rapid race down the River Thames on Sunday as 3,000 yellow rubber ducks were set free for the annual Duck Derby.

The fast river current added to the excitement for entrants cheering on their chosen ducks along the side of the river at Ray Mill Island.

The Duck Derby has been organised by the Lions Club of Maidenhead for over 30 years and each May attracts hundreds of families.

As well as the race itself there are a variety of charities and local companies with stalls as well as games and activities for the children. Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, also attended to blast the klaxon at the start of the race.

Robin Butler, president of the Lions Club said: “Today went very well. It was a very fast race to add to the excitement, and I’ve been told that we lost very few ducks in the river this year which is good news.

“An event like this can help raise about £4,000 for the good causes we support.”

The duck race was won by seven-year-old Eloise Chantry, who took home the £250 first prize.

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