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,
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
Next year's event will be
in September 2018.
Below is a list of all
Green Race... 1st £ 200
No. 524 Mr
Arthur Blyth of Great Yarmouth .. 2nd
Karen Dowe of Caister
Mr John Postle
Yellow Race... 1st
£200 No. 383
Mr Robert Price of Brundall
No. 750 Ellie
May Weeks of Gorleston
3rd.. £50 No 539 Mr Lee M. (Apollo Tavern )
Best Decorated Giant Duck.....
Giant Duck Corporate Race ...
The Cask & Craft Public Tavern on Northgate Street Great Yarmouth.
Photos by Alan Spinks