Full details of Sunday’s Lord Mayor’s Celebrations events in Norwich

One of the biggest success stories of last year's Lord Mayor's Celebrations returns tomorrow – The Great Norwich Duck Race.

The event is organised by the 1st Norwich Sea Scout Group to help raise money for their �360,000 project to build a new headquarters at their Old Lakenham site.

About 2,500 toy ducks of all different colours were entered into the charity fun race on Riverside last year but the group hope to have around 4,000 in the water tomorrow.

Each duck costs �2 and there are prizes for the first four over the finish line ranging from �200 to �50. The race starts from the Lady Julian Bridge at 1pm.

Most of the money raised will help the sea scouts move closer to achieving their aim of starting the project next year, but a portion will also be donated to the Lord Mayor of Norwich's civic charity, Big C.

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There is also an added race this year, The Corporate Duck Race, which will see 50 giant toy ducks race each other. The giant ducks have cost organisations �250, with 20pc of the money raised going to the winner to donate to the charity of their choice.

One of the groups involved is Chatterbox, Norwich's talking newspaper, who have decorated their giant duck with dark glasses and a big smile to replicate their logo at their King Street headquarters.

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Chatterbox chairman, Tim Edwards, said: 'Chatterbox is honoured to be a part of the Lord Mayor's Celebration which sees all aspects of Norwich life come together for a weekend of raising awareness, parties and fun.'

There is plenty more happening on the final day of the Lord Mayor's Celebrations this year as well.

Chapelfield Gardens hosts the funfair again between 1pm and 7pm, with lots of different children's activities also going on between 1pm and 4pm.

For those looking for a more relaxed Sunday after the excitement of Saturday night's party atmosphere and fireworks, the Bishop of Norwich's gardens are being opened to the public.

It is one of just 11 times the 900-year-old gardens will be open this year, each time for a different charity, which tomorrow will be the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. Access is via Bishopgate, and admission is �3 but free for children and all accompanied wheelchair users, between 1pm and 4.30pm. It is a chance to see one of the city's lesser-known beauty spots, with finely manicured gardens and beautiful flowers awaiting those who seek it out.

For those who prefer a bit of culture on a Sunday afternoon, the gardens of Norwich Castle will be the venue to head for.

Heartbreak Productions will be performing William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew on the outdoor stage from 3pm.

Or if a 28-piece brass band sounds more to your liking, Eaton Park is the place to be, where Cawston Band are performing traditional music from 3pm as well.

With The Norwich Lanes summer fayre on St Benedicts Street and St Gregorys Green as well, there is plenty to keep all the family happy on a Sunday afternoon.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from Chatterbox's service, call them on 01603 765365.

- Keep an eye on www.eveningnews24.co.uk for full coverage and lots of pictures of all the fun, or join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #lordmayors

And please send us your pictures and thoughts on the events to newsdesk@archant.co.uk to be in with a chance of appearing in our 12-page picture supplement in Monday's Evening News.


Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre, St Benedicts Street and St Gregorys Green (11am-7pm).

Stalls selling vintage clothes, jewellery, handmade crafts and food. There will also be poetry, story-telling and live music.

Funfair, Chapelfield Gardens (1pm-7pm). Thrills spills and the opportunity to hook-a-duck and have your fortune told as the funfair rolls back into Chapelfield Gardens. There will be the usual mix of rides, stalls and traditional fairground games.

Bishop of Norwich's open gardens

Bishopgate (1pm-4.30pm).

Enjoy tea and cakes in the historic gardens for one of just 11 times the 900-year-old gardens are open this year. Admission is �3 but free for children and all accompanied wheelchair users, with funds raised going towards the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity.

The Taming of the Shrew

Castle Gardens (3pm)

Performed outdoors by Heartbreak Productions.

Cawston Band

Easton Park Bandstand (3pm)

A 28-piece brass band playing traditional music.

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