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City to go quackers for Grand Norwich Duck Race

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 20 August 2016

Some of the decorated ducks ready for the Grand Norwich Duck Race in aid of Break. Sally Adams, known as the Duckorator, with Houseduck which she created. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Some of the decorated ducks ready for the Grand Norwich Duck Race in aid of Break. Sally Adams, known as the Duckorator, with Houseduck which she created. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2016

It is one of the quirkiest - and quackiest - days on the city's calendar.

Thousands of rubber ducks will race along the River Wensum for the children’s charity Break.

Now in its sixth year, the Grand Norwich Duck Race has raised almost £45,000 for the organisation.

And it is hoped a further £10,000 will be added to that total from the event later this month.

Some 3,000 rubber ducks will be launched into the water at St George’s bridge at 2pm on Sunday, August 28. From there, they will “race” to Fye bridge, next to the Ribs of Beef pub.

Volunteers from the Norfolk Paddle Company will ensure the ducks do not run into trouble along the way.

There will be plenty of activities for families to enjoy before the race begins, with various large decorated ducks lining the bridge.

There will be music, food and sweet stands, as well as face painting and a duck trail for children to follow.

Local businesses have decorated various larger ducks, which will go to auction on Thursday, September 8.

To sponsor a small duck in the race, visit www.break-charity.org. Prizes for the winners of the race include an overnight stay for two at the Maids Head hotel.

• Organisers are also seeking volunteers to help during the day. Email sarah.bunn@break-charity.org for more information.

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