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Opticians see double as they make a splash for Norwich duck race

PUBLISHED: 13:43 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:05 01 June 2018

Fitting the bill. Optician Damian Conway teams up with identical twins Jane Woolston and Elizabeth Wilkinson for a gander at the colourful artistry that makes the Grand Duck Race, held in aid of Break, such a spectacular part of Norwich's vibrant summer of fun Photo: Newsmakers

Fitting the bill. Optician Damian Conway teams up with identical twins Jane Woolston and Elizabeth Wilkinson for a gander at the colourful artistry that makes the Grand Duck Race, held in aid of Break, such a spectacular part of Norwich's vibrant summer of fun Photo: Newsmakers

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Twins are joining forces with their optician to boost support for the Grand Norwich Duck Race.

Fitting the bill. Optician Damian Conway teams up with identical twins Jane Woolston and Elizabeth Wilkinson for a gander at the colourful artistry that makes the Grand Duck Race, held in aid of Break, such a spectacular part of Norwich's vibrant summer of fun Photo: NewsmakersFitting the bill. Optician Damian Conway teams up with identical twins Jane Woolston and Elizabeth Wilkinson for a gander at the colourful artistry that makes the Grand Duck Race, held in aid of Break, such a spectacular part of Norwich's vibrant summer of fun Photo: Newsmakers

Martin Green, fundraising manager for Break, was delighted to find himself seeing double after long-term supporters Dipple and Conway came on board.

The optician has enlisted the help of twins Elizabeth Wilkinson and Jane Woolston to launch an awareness campaign.

Mr Green, said: “It is a huge pleasure to have Dipple and Conway backing us this year. They have been fantastic supporters of Break over many years and have been an absolute pleasure to work with.

“Every member of the Conway family has been involved with us over the years and we couldn’t do what we do without partners like them.”

Mr Green said he hoped the support of Dipple and Conway and the twin sisters would mean the number of ducks sponsored for this year’s event would top 100.

Break is looking for both individuals and corporate sponsors to buy a duck which they can paint in colours and designs of their own choice ready for the big River Wensum float-off at 2pm on Sunday, August 26.

The race starts at St George’s Bridge with the finishing line at Fye Bridge.

Last year the event and subsequent auction of ducks raised £15,000 for break.

Damian Conway, director of the independent four-generation family practice started by his grandfather over a century ago, is delighted to be combining forces with both the twins and Break to promote such a fun project.

He said: “Break is an extremely worthwhile charity, run by very nice, committed people, who we’ve had the privilege to work with over the past 12 years.

“Elizabeth and Jane’s business model is a close fit with our own, so it is a pleasure to work with both them and Break to encourage people to sponsor and decorate ducks for the big race.”

Elizabeth Wilkinson said: “Jane and I have similar tastes in styles when it comes to new glasses, although I like more stylish, unusual frames. Neither of us will buy a new pair without getting the other’s approval first, especially when choosing sunglasses.

“Dipple and Conway know us well and Damian is an expert judge of what works best and we happily trust his judgement too.”

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