Blakeney’s squeaky swimmers set to draw quackers crowd

Crowds will be going quackers in Blakeney when they cheer on a brightly coloured flotilla of rubber runners in the village's annual duck race.

Scores of visitors are expected to line the quay and watch as 1,000 sponsored rubber ducks 'swim' the 200 yard course, while competitors encourage their quackers to go like the clappers as the first duck over the finishing line will scoop their winner a �100 prize

This year's event is raising money for the village's wildfowlers group, who organise the race, and the Blakeney Neighbourhood Housing Society.

Paul Reed, from Blakeney Wildfowlers, said: 'It's well supported by the villagers, it's obviously a bit of fun, a good community spirit event and a chance to win �100.'

After the race volunteers are invited to help collect the squeaky swimmers before they float further down the quay.

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'Trying to catch 1,000 ducks from Blakeney quay is quite entertaining so we always ask if anyone wants to join in and the youngsters get involved,' Mr Reed added.

* The duck race is on Saturday with entertainment from the Old Wild Rovers, a tombola and raffle from 3pm before the race gets under way at 4pm, depending on the tide.

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