Rotary Club of Leyland annual duck race

Hundreds of little yellow plastic ducks went swimming down River Lostock in Leyland yesterday - competing in the ever-popular Rotary Club of Leyland annual duck race.

By James Rogers
Monday, 6th May 2019, 2:46 pm
Updated Monday, 6th May 2019, 3:46 pm
The Ducks make their way down the river
The Ducks make their way down the river

Taking place alongside Western Drive, the event raised money for local charities, St Catherine’s Hospice; Heartbeat and Cancer Research UK, Leyland. The ducks cost £1 a ticket and were released on the water by Mayor of South Ribble, Coun John Rainsbury. There was a first prize of £100; second £75; and third £50. There were stalls for people to enjoy. And Rotaduck the mascot put in an appearance, too, of course. Tony Harrison, of the Rotary Club of Leyland, said: “It’s gone okay. The weather spoilt it, because we kept getting showers. All in all a good day - but we could have done with a bit more sunshine. We had a good turnout. We probably sold in excess of 2,000 ducks and 150-odd balls for the ball race. We made a decent amount of money for charity. “About 300 people turned up which is good. We had one or two more activities, including the treasure hunt and quite a few children entered that. The winning duck race ticket numbers were: first 557; second 451; third 1596. The ball race winner was ticket 53.

Fundraisers Carol Wright and Cathy Pass
The Rotary Duck Race stall

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Julia Jaworek (4)
Young fundraisers, sister and brother, Jasmine (8) and Jenson (4) Jacovelli
Connor Murray (5) has luck on the tombola stall
A stall shows support
The Duck Race is about to begin!
Crowds watch the event
Sister and brother, Elesha (6) and Joshua (3) Moon
St. John's Samuel Ward, Kathleen Naylor, Sue Ward and Kenneth McDonald
The Duck Race begins!
Members of Leyland and Chorley Hockey Club help out
River Lostock Annual Duck Race, Leyland