Photo gallery: Hundreds enjoy Blakeney Duck Race

A large crowd lined Blakeney quay on Saturday to watch an annual rubber duck race while immersing themselves in a festival atmosphere.

Hundreds of people watched as a thousand ducks set sail on the incoming tide, with the first duck over the finishing line bagging their sponsor a �100 prize.

The event has been running for five years now and was organised to raise funds for the village wildfowlers group and Blakeney Neighbourhood Housing Society.

Gary Mears, who helped to organise the event, had been worried the hot temperatures would put people off coming but was delighted with the large turnout.

He said: 'It was a great day and it's a bit of fun for the children. It's all over in about 30 seconds but we do try and make a day of it.'

Other attractions included stalls and entertainment laid on by local songsters the Old Wild Rovers.

Mr Mears said around �1,600 had been raised. Half the proceeds will go to Blakeney Neighbourhood Housing Society, with the rest going towards the upkeep of the village pond, which boasts more than 40 varieties of duck, as well as swans and other wildfowl.

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The Old Wild Rovers also handed over �2000 to the housing society from gigs proceeds.

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