May­day & duck race:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

TRA­DI­TIONAL bank hol­i­day rain meant there was per­fect weather for ducks at a bizarre char­ity race.

The Whit­tle­sey Duck race was held yes­ter­day, with hun­dreds of plas­tic ducks poured into Whit­tle­sey Bower.

They were then pow­ered up the river by Whit­tle­sey Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade.

The race was or­gan­ised to raise funds for the town’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee party, be­ing held next month.

To pro­mote the race Jac­quie Bal­drey, a mem­ber of the town coun­cil’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee com­mit­tee, has been dress­ing up as a duck around the town.

She said: “The race has been rais­ing money for the ju­bilee party, and we think we have raised nearly £700.

“The prepa­ra­tions for the ju­bilee party are go­ing well, and we are just get­ting ready to put red, white and blue flow­ers in.

“I have been get­ting a good re­ac­tion this week for dress­ing up.

“A few peo­ple said I was quack­ers to do it, but to be hon­est it was just water off a ducks back.”

and they’re off: The race gets un­der way.

nice weather . . . for ducks: Sup­port­ers pro­tect them­selves from the rain. feath­ered friend : The mayor of Whit­tle­sey Kay Mayor with a reluc­tant racer.

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