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Quacking line-up of decorated ducks get set for Norwich race

PUBLISHED: 16:08 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:19 12 July 2018

Sponsors with some of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. From left, Debs Whomes of ESE Direct; Georgina Postlethwaite of the Maids Head; Victoria Lawrence of Eastern Financial Consultants; Keith Stapleton of Select Planning; and Jason Bailey of Panaepos. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sponsors with some of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. From left, Debs Whomes of ESE Direct; Georgina Postlethwaite of the Maids Head; Victoria Lawrence of Eastern Financial Consultants; Keith Stapleton of Select Planning; and Jason Bailey of Panaepos. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A quacking line-up is getting set to take to the River Wensum for this year’s Grand Norwich Duck Race.

Sponsor Jason Bailey of Panaepos with Tilly, ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSponsor Jason Bailey of Panaepos with Tilly, ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The annual race of decorated ducks in aid of children’s charity Break will take place on Sunday, August 26, and an array of colourful characters have already been created to compete in this year’s event.

Everyone from Admiral Lord Nelson to Buzz Lightyear have inspired some of this year’s contenders - and there is still time for more decorated ducks to enter the race which will start at St George’s Bridge and finish at Fye Bridge, near the Ribs of Beef.

Sarah Bunn, senior fundraiser at Break, said: “We love organising this event, seeing the decorated ducks come back with amazing artwork and themes and seeing all the families enjoying themselves. We are enormously grateful to the Ribs of Beef, the Broads Authority, Norfolk Paddle Company and Print, Pack and Post for their support.”

Anthea Cawdron, landlady of the Ribs of Beef, added: “Each year the team at the Ribs of Beef look forward to the Grand Norwich Duck Race.

Sponsor Debs Whomes of ESE Direct, with Mat the Rubber Duck, ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSponsor Debs Whomes of ESE Direct, with Mat the Rubber Duck, ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The event is so much fun for all the family. This year’s event is set to be packed full of activities from face painting for the children to duck-themed beers for the grown-ups!

“We recommend you arrive in good time to secure your spot by the river.”

On Sunday, August 26 there will be Grand Norwich Duck Race festivities on St George’s Bridge from 11am, including a race of smaller ducks at 2pm and the race of decorated ducks at 2.30pm.

For more information about the event, including how to sponsor a decorated duck, visit www.break-charity.org

Some of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSome of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Some of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSome of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sponsors with some of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. From left, Debs Whomes of ESE Direct; Georgina Postlethwaite of the Maids Head; Victoria Lawrence of Eastern Financial Consultants; Keith Stapleton of Select Planning; and Jason Bailey of Panaepos. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSponsors with some of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. From left, Debs Whomes of ESE Direct; Georgina Postlethwaite of the Maids Head; Victoria Lawrence of Eastern Financial Consultants; Keith Stapleton of Select Planning; and Jason Bailey of Panaepos. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Nelson on Victory, one of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNelson on Victory, one of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Kartduck, one of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYKartduck, one of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Duck Lightyear, one of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDuck Lightyear, one of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Tutduckamun, one of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTutduckamun, one of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sponsors with some of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. From left, Jason Bailey of Panaepos; Debs Whomes of ESE Direct; Georgina Postlethwaite of the Maids Head; Victoria Lawrence of Eastern Financial Consultants; and Keith Stapleton of Select Planning. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSponsors with some of the ducks ready to take part in the Grand Norwich Duck Race. From left, Jason Bailey of Panaepos; Debs Whomes of ESE Direct; Georgina Postlethwaite of the Maids Head; Victoria Lawrence of Eastern Financial Consultants; and Keith Stapleton of Select Planning. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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