‘Duck Vadar’ and ‘Van Duckswinkel’ set for annual charity race in Norwich

Some of the entries for the 2013 Grand Norwich Duck Race

Some of the entries for the 2013 Grand Norwich Duck Race - Credit: Archant

Attentions will turn from gorillas to giant decorated birds on bank holiday Monday when a Norfolk charity stages its annual fundraising duck race.

Fifty large ducks, which have been sponsored by companies and community groups, will set off on the third Grand Norwich Duck Race to raise funds for Break.

The charity, which is also behind the city's GoGoGorillas art trial, aims to raise more than £5,000 for the organisation to support its projects working with young people in care and children with disabilities. The event will take place from St George's Bridge and will flow downstream to the finishing line at Fye Bridge, near the Ribs of Beef public house.

Some of the designs of the decorated corporate ducks include a 'Duck Vadar', jester, jack in the box, Super Mario and a 'van Duckswinkel'. Some of the professional artists that designed the GoGoGorillas have created the duck designs, including Hannah Nelson, Lauren Muir, Phil Daniels, Mik Richardson, and Helen Stokes.

Sarah Bunn, senior fundraising officer for Break, said: 'An awful amount of time has been spent on decorating the ducks and we are really pleased that it has been really well supported every year and we would like as many people as possible to watch it. Crowds have been 3,000 in the past which is amazing for an event on a bank holiday.'

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The entertainment starts on the riverside, including face painting, circus performers, and food and drink stalls from 1pm on Monday. The Lord Mayor of Norwich will start the corporate duck race at 3pm and thousands of small ducks, which will be sold at £2 each, will be launched from 4pm.

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