You would be quack­ers to miss the fun

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

VIN­CENT COLE

●●The ducks at the start of the race, and (inset) Rowetta, who pro­vide the com­men­tary

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