In pictures: Lions Club of Maidenhead Duck Derby

In pictures: Lions Club of Maidenhead Duck Derby

Hannah Crouch

In pictures: Lions Club of Maidenhead Duck Derby

Sunshine and light winds provided the perfect conditions yesterday for the annual Lions Club of Maidenhead Duck Derby.

Crowds gathered at Ray Mill Island to watch the 3,000 bright yellow plastic ducks being dropped into the river at 4.30pm.

Some hopeful entrants sprinted alongside the riverbank as the ducks sailed along.

The event proved to be as popular as ever as families enjoyed a variety of entertainment from 1pm.

Lions Club president Brenda Butler said: "I would like to thank everybody who came and to thank the Royal Borough for letting us use Ray Mill Island.

"This has probably been one of our best events and we are chuffed."

Children and adults could hop on the Lion Train which the club members built themselves from an old lawnmower.

There were also about 30 stalls offering a range of services from face-painting to massages.

Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, who announced the winner, also spent time speaking to people running the stalls.

"It’s been an absolutely brilliant day - what’s so special about today is that it is very much a family event," he said.

"I think it’s been the best one ever."

The duck derby was Cllr Jenner’s last official engagement as mayor before handing over the chains of office to Cllr Richard Kellaway.

He added: "It’s not my swan song but rather my duck song."

Earlier in the day the race between the Maidenhead Sea Cadets and the Windsor Sea Cadets had to be cancelled due to the fast pace of the river.

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