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SIDMOUTH:Dashing ducks make a splash in the Sid

Thursday, 24 July 2014

MAKING WAVES : Young members of the Army Cadets gave the ducks a helping hand along the course towards the finishing line at the Weir

MAKING WAVES : Young members of the Army Cadets gave the ducks a helping hand along the course towards the finishing line at the Weir

Thousands of rubber ducks made a splash this weekend, as the Sidmouth Lions Club hosted its annual ‘Duck Derby’ event at the Byes. The club’s showpiece fundraising event was well attended by large crowds, who flocked to watch the ducks race down the River Sid towards the Weir. Racing got under way with the launch of the red corporate ducks, released by last year’s winners Hilary Bevis, from the Good as New Dress Agency, and Billie Jones, from the Hair Studio, along with Lions President Ian Skinner. The main event followed at 3pm, as club members dropped five barrels full of rubber ducks from the Sid Park Road bridge into the river. With a helping hand from army cadet volunteers, the ducks slowly made their way along the course before reaching the finishing line at the Weir around an hour later. The annual event – which this year included duck and spoon races and a range of other children’s attractions - has helped to raise huge sums for local organisations over the years, and members expect to bring in thousands of pounds once again to be dished out to worthy causes. Proceeds from this year’s races have been designated to the Exeter and East Devon Samaritans, the Sidmouth Hospital Comforts Fund and a string of other local organisations.

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