Excitement at Mayor of Whittlesey’s Duck Race

Mayor of Whittlesey Councillor David Mason pouring the ducks into the water
Mayor of Whittlesey Councillor David Mason pouring the ducks into the water
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Excitement gripped Whittlesey over Bank Holiday Monday as the annual Mayor’s Duck Race produced a thrilling contest.

The large crowd made lots of noise as two ducks broke from the pack of 800 and vied with one another to make it past the finishing line.

Crowds watch as the ducks go past

Crowds watch as the ducks go past

The race lasted around 30 minutes after the ducks were poured into The Bower from the bridge at the junction of Church Street and Briggate East.

After a journey of nearly 100 metres the duck of David Belfield finally shrugged of his challenger to land the the first place prize of £50.

Mayor of Whittlesey Councillor David Mason had the honour of releasing the ducks into the water at 2.15pm by the side of the Hero of Aliwal.

The £700 profit raised from the race will go to his three charities: the Whittlesey branch of the Royal British Legion, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall and the Whittlesey Emergency Food Aid.

Spectators at the race

Spectators at the race