Go quack-ers at town’s annual duck race day!

Crowds turned out for last year's event
Crowds turned out for last year's event

Crowds are expected to go quack-ers for the annual Hebden Bridge Duck Race!

Held on Easter Monday - March 28 - visitors will flock to the town to have a gander at the much-loved event.

It’s organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge and will take on much more significance this year.

Graham Cobham, of the Rotary Club, said: “We have always seen the duck race as the event which re-awakens the town from the gloom of winter, however following the devastation caused by the flooding over Christmas it is even more important to make this year’s event as special and enjoyable as possible.

“The duck race has always been a family-orientated event attracting vast numbers into the town, with entertainment, charity stalls and a fantastic array of food.

“In the race, the river becomes a sea of yellow as up to 10,000 ducks take to the water, and urged on by huge crowds, they find their way to the finishing line. The first four home earn prize money for their lucky ticket holders.”

Alongside the duck race, there will be a sponsored race for businesses. Any organisation or individual can sponsor a green, red or blue duck.

Sponsorship costs £10 per duck, with a prize of a meal for two at Il Mulino restaurant, St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge.

Sponsorship can be done online at,www.hebdenbridgerotary.org.uk/duckrace and at most of the ticket locations for the main race. You can also buy tickets for the race there and in the town on the day.

Ducks have now been scrubbed clean for this year’s race and Mytholmroyd Scout Group allowed the Rotary Club to use its facility at Mytholmroyd Community Centre for this.

Mr Cobham added: “Surveying the devastation at the centre was a stark reminder of the reason we facilitate events such as the duck race.

“The vast majority of the funds we raise go to help local schools, local groups, organisations and local businesses perform their vital roles within the local community.”