Feathers fly as bidders compete for ducks at Break charity auction in Norwich

Norwich Grand Duck Race auction of ducks. Elliot Symonds putting them under the hammer at Roger and

Norwich Grand Duck Race auction of ducks. Elliot Symonds putting them under the hammer at Roger and Anthea Cawdron's pub the Ribs of Beef.

Bidders went quackers at an auction which raised £1,700 for the charity Break last night as decorated ducks that took part in an annual fundraising race went up for auction.

Among the lots at the Ribs of Beef pub in Norwich was Quacky Van Duckswinkel, modelled on Norwich City's new Dutch striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, who had submitted a bid for the lot, and Disco Duck, featuring possibly one of the largest Afro hairstyles ever seen.

Proceeds from the auction went to the charity, which supports children, young people and families which is also behind the city's GoGoGorillas art trail.

The ducks, which also included a Lord Nelson look-a-like, a wolf and a 'Spuck,' resembling Dr Spock from Star Trek, were sponsored by companies and community groups and decorated by some of the artists who created the GoGoGorilla designs, including Hannah Nelson, Lauren Muir, Phil Daniels, Mik Richardson and Helen Stokes.

Liz Richards, a marketing officer with Break, said the Grand Norwich Duck Race, which took place on August bank holiday Monday, and the auction were in their third year as ducks raced from St George's Bridge downstream to the finishing line at Fye Bridge in front of more than 5,000 spectators.

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The race was won by Norwich City College's Cracking Duck, which fetched £50 at the auction compered by auctioneer Elliot Symonds, who works for Jarrold.

Disco Duck fetched £100, while another sponsored by Adnams brewery in Southwold also attracted a lot of interest, selling for £100.

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The biggest bid was at a previous auction when a duck sponsored by car company Lotus fetched £800.

Mrs Richards hoped the whole evening had raised £3,000 with the auction money being added to other donations for the charity.

She added: 'We were so thrilled. It was awesome. We could not believe it and there was such a lovely atmosphere in the pub.

'Hopefully, we have got near the £3,000 and I would just like to thank everyone for their support.'

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