Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club


             President 2017- 2018 Philip Hunt.  

Meets every Monday at 1.00pm.  ( not Bank Holidays ) at The Imperial Hotel, North Drive, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. NR30 1EQ   Tel. No. 01493 842000

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 Great Yarmouth Duck Races 2017.   September 17th.      Report by Alan Spinks



The annual Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Duck races took place last Sunday at The Waterways North Drive Great Yarmouth.

The weather leading up to the day of the races was wet and windy but luckily for the Sunday it was a lovely sunny day with little wind. Selwood pumps kindly supplied the powerful pumps to make sure the ducks would flow from start to finish.

There were 2 races for which the general public can purchase duck numbers to enter . The Corporate race involved giant ducks which were decorated splendidly in all sorts of guises.

The first race was started by The Mayor of Great Yarmouth Councillor Kerry Robinson Payne who was escorted by President of Haven Rotary Club, Philip Hunt.

The Mayor was also asked to pick out a winner from the 114 giant ducks as “ the best imaginative dressed duck “. The winner was “ Jack Spratt” from Alicat Boats.

The giant ducks were split into 2 groups ( all paraded by the children and adults ) to the start, 20 first over the finish to race for the final glory of the Giant Duck Shield.  The final was a close finish but the winner was the Cask & Craft of Northgate Street and runner up The Old Hall Caister Hair salon.

The Rotary Club is most grateful for the support of the public and Company donations,  in helping to raise money for Rotary Charities.


Chairman of the Organising Committee , Alan Spinks, said the event  was very successful, with the Giant Decorated Ducks attracting much admiration from the large number of spectators present on the day, and has helped to raise over £12000.

Thus the Haven Rotary Club are able to support and benefit many local charities and individuals in the community.


Next year's event will be in September 2018.

Below is a list of all winners.


Green Race... 1st £ 200  No. 524   Mr Arthur Blyth of Great Yarmouth .. 2nd  £100  No. 315  Karen Dowe of Caister   3rd..No. 420  £50 Mr John Postle

Yellow Race... 1st  £200 No. 383  Mr Robert Price of Brundall    2nd... £100  No. 750  Ellie May Weeks of Gorleston   3rd.. £50 No 539 Mr Lee M. (Apollo Tavern )

Best Decorated Giant Duck.....  Alicat

Giant Duck Corporate Race ...  The Cask & Craft Public Tavern on Northgate Street Great Yarmouth.



















 Photos by Alan Spinks

















Updated: 25/09/2017



The club meets every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at  The Imperial Hotel, North Drive, Great Yarmouth NR30 1EQ at 1.00 p.m. 


Telephone: +44 1493 842000


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