City to go quackers for Grand Norwich Duck Race 2017

The Grand Norwich Duck Race for Break. The ducks make their way from the start of the corporate duck

The Grand Norwich Duck Race for Break. The ducks make their way from the start of the corporate duck race at St George's Bridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant

If you go down to the water today, you're sure of a quacking surprise!

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Thousands of ducks will take to the water in Norwich on Sunday, August 27 as The Grand Norwich Duck Race 2017 gets underway.

The annual event, organised by children's charity Break, will see rubber ducks of all shapes and sizes float along the River Wensum to Fye Bridge in a battle to be crowned champion.

Kicking off from midday at St George's Bridge, the event begins with a duck parade, before 3,000 little ducks are released onto the river at 2pm.

The corporate duck race, involving large decorated ducks, starts at 2.30pm.

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As well as racing, visitors can also enjoy a cake stall, ice creams, face painting and an Archers Butcher's sausage stall as well as games and other activities.

Individual ducks can be purchased for £2 each. Prizes for winning ducks include a one night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast for two at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich and a family ticket to Pleasurewood Hills.

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The Lord Mayor of Norwich will open the proceedings on St George's Bridge.

• Follow along with the race and share your photos with us on Twitter using the hashtag #GNDR17

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