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Quacking good night as Norwich Grand Duck Race creations go under hammer to boost Break

PUBLISHED: 22:02 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 22:02 14 September 2017

Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: Katy Jon Went

Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: Katy Jon Went

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It was a quacking good night as the weird and wonderful ducks which went head to head in a race down the River Wensum went under the hammer.

The Winter is Quacking Duck, by artist Jeni Lawes, which went for £350. Pic: Break. The Winter is Quacking Duck, by artist Jeni Lawes, which went for £350. Pic: Break.

And people were happy to run up a bill at the event, because auctioning off of the plastic ducks meant thousands more pounds were raised for the charity Break.

Ducks such as Queen Elizaduck, Captain Duck Rogers, Carmen Miranduck and 007 James Pond were among those which were auctioned off.

Businesses and local people bid for the ducks in the annual auction at the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland this evening.

The duck which fetched the most was one called Winter is Quacking, by artist Jeni Lawes, which went for £350.

Sally Adams with Giraffy Duck. Pic: Break. Sally Adams with Giraffy Duck. Pic: Break.

Eight decorated ducks by Sally Adams, fetched a total of £1185, including Giraffy Duc​k which sold for £250.

In total £6,591 was raised on the night.

The Grand Norwich Duck Race took place over the bank holiday weekend at Fye Bridge next to the Ribs of Beef pub and had already raised £64,000 for the charity before the auction.

Businesses pay £100 to sponsor a duck and decorate it for the popular event - this year’s race was won by the Alan Boswell Group’s Black Swan.

Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: Katy Jon Went Grand Norwich Duck Race. Picture: Katy Jon Went

Anthea and Roger Cawdron, from the Ribs of Beef pub, said: “Never in a million years did we think that this little idea six years ago, as part of Norwich Inns charity of the year for Break, would grow into this amazing family event raising much needed funds to support Break’s work.

“Each year the artistry gets bigger, better and more extreme, we love it.”

Sarah Bunn, senior fundraiser at Break, said: “This year’s Grand Norwich Duck Race and auction has exceeded all expectations.

“Thank you so much to everyone who got involved.

“We are already looking forward to next year - Sunday, August 26, see you there!”

Break is a Norfolk based children’s charity which supports vulnerable children across East Anglia.

It has six mainstream children’s homes in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and a therapeutic fostering service offering single placements to traumatised young people.

Donations to Break can be made by visiting www.break-charity.org/support-us

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