Youngsters go ‘quackers’ for web-footed visitor to Sheringham Carnival duck race

Carnival queen Abigail Dowsett-Olby poses for a photo with two duck race competitors. Picture: KAREN

Carnival queen Abigail Dowsett-Olby poses for a photo with two duck race competitors. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

It is one of the most popular events of Sheringham carnival and, this year, the Aquack-Quick duck race had added authenticity - in the shape of a real live duck named Sheldon.

Lisa Heir with Sheringham carnival duck race special guest Sheldon. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Lisa Heir with Sheringham carnival duck race special guest Sheldon. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The special guest, who, during term time, lives in Sheringham Primary School's garden, was brought along by teaching assistant Lisa Heir.

'The children just love her and I think she's desperate to get in the water,' she said.

Youngsters line the beck behind Beeston Road for the carnival duck race. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Youngsters line the beck behind Beeston Road for the carnival duck race. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

After leading dozens of bright yellow plastic ducks down the beck behind Beeston Road during the semi final of the race, Sheldon watched from the sidelines as a handful of intrepid web-footed swimmers battled it out in the final.

Carnival queen Abigail Dowsett-Olby said the event was 'brilliant fun for all the family'.

Sheringham carnival duck race special guest Sheldon leads competitors down the beck to the finish li

Sheringham carnival duck race special guest Sheldon leads competitors down the beck to the finish line. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

'I think the whole carnival is wonderful,' she added. 'It brings the community together and it is fantastic for children as there is just so much to do.'

Carnival chairman Stuart McClean said that, in spite of heavy showers on parade day, the event so far had been a great success.

Youngsters line the beck behind Beeston Road for the carnival duck race. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Youngsters line the beck behind Beeston Road for the carnival duck race. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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He appealed for more people to come forward to help with the annual event, either as committee members or volunteers.

'We were very lucky this year as we had some new volunteers, but we are always in need of more,' he said.

Toddler pals Hetty and Forrest join in the fun at Sheringham carnival duck race. Picture: KAREN BETH

Toddler pals Hetty and Forrest join in the fun at Sheringham carnival duck race. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Still to come this weekend is a dog show at 1pm on Saturday at Sheringham playpark on Cromer Road, with other Saturday events including a car treasure trail setting off from the Dunstable Arms pub at 1pm and, at 12.30pm, a party on the east beach with games, hot food, magic tricks and a tide fight to music.

The final carnival day on Sunday includes a chalk-a-picture competition from 10am on the west promenade, a sandcastle and sculpture competition from 12.30pm on the west beach in front of the Leas, and a children's paper boat competition on the Leas boating lake at 2.30pm.

Seven-year-old Maisie meeting Sheringham carnival duck race special guest Sheldon, who was brought a

Seven-year-old Maisie meeting Sheringham carnival duck race special guest Sheldon, who was brought along by Sheringham Primary School teaching assistant Lisa Heir. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

The torchlight procession and grand finale fireworks display kicks off at 8pm outside the Lobster pub, where lanterns will be on sale. The parade will be led to the Leas by Highland piper Dave Harper for the fireworks at 9.45pm.

For more information on becoming a carnival volunteer, visit Sheringham carnival website.

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