You would be quackers to miss the fun
IT was ducks ahoy at Spinningfields for the sixth annual Manchester Duck Race.
Thousands braved the drizzle to gather along the River Irwell for the event in aid of charity Brainwave – for children with disabilities and additional needs.
High drama ensued when some of the corporate ducks made a waddle for it before the start - but a rescue party in a canoe scooped them up.
Both races were a huge success, with enough current to keep up the flow.
And lively commentary from the Happy Mondays’ Rowetta went down a treat.
She said: “I’ve loved it. I was honoured to be asked again, it’s a great charity and it’s a good turn-out considering the weather was not so good. Last year there was a tide but this time there was a flow of ducks so children weren’t crying because the ducks weren’t moving. It was much more of a competition this year.”
Also at the event was Olivia Stewart, whose family has been helped by Brainwave after she was born with a brain condition. Her dad Ian said: “Brainwave has really helped us to give Olivia the time she needs and they have helped us come up with a plan to help with physiotherapy and rehabilitation after she needed an operation.”
●●The ducks at the start of the race, and (inset) Rowetta, who provide the commentary