Beccles gets set to go quackers as annual duck race returns

Last year's Beccles Duck Race. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Last year's Beccles Duck Race. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Ducks will be racing for victory along the River Waveney in Beccles this weekend.

Action from last year's Beccles Duck Race. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Action from last year's Beccles Duck Race. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The annual Beccles Duck Race returns on Saturday, July 29, organised by the Beccles Sea Cadets.

Now in its 14th year, the day will see colourful plastic ducks take to the water at Beccles Quay in two separate races for little ducks and corporate ducks.

The duck race has been successfully raising funds for youth organisations in Beccles for years and profits will go towards the construction of the new sea cadets' headquarters.

Beccles Rugby Club, who have previously organised the event, are continuing to run the raft race which they introduced two years ago.

And as well as the races, there will also be entertainment in the main ring from the Great Yarmouth Sea Cadet Band, Birds of Prey, Waggy Tails dog agility, Kook Sul Won and a demonstration by the Beccles Retained Fire Service.

K-Syl-R will be providing children's entertainment and Beccles Lions will be running a barbecue. There will also be a bar and a variety of stalls.

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Sharon Meadows, from Beccles Sea Cadets, said: 'We are very excited to be running the duck race this year. We were involved 14 years ago, when it all began and we're delighted to get the opportunity to run it this year.'

The winner of the little duck race will receive £100 sponsored by John Grose, with £50 for second place sponsored by The Swan Motel in Gillingham and £25 for third place sponsored by Temple Wicks.

The event will run from noon to 6pm, and small ducks are available to buy at Sweet Memories, The Mortgage Point and Beales in Beccles.

Decorated ducks can be dropped off on the day at the quay, and all of the corporate ducks will be on display for visitors to see.

The organisers would like to thank Alex Moore from the Moore Music Roadshow and Colin Crisp and staff who will again be in attendance to keep everything running smoothly. They have given up their time free of charge for the event for over 10 years.

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