Beccles goes quackers for its annual duck race
PUBLISHED: 10:02 30 July 2018
Crowds flocked to the shores of the River Waveney to cheer on dozens of eccentrically decorated water fowl in Beccles' annual duck race.
The event, in its 15th year, was organised by the Beccles Sea Cadets, and saw colourful plastic ducks take to the water in two separate races for little ducks and corporate ducks from 3pm on Sunday.
Funds from the races have been raising money for youth organisations in Beccles for years and profits will go towards new training equipment for the sea cadets.
In what was described as one of the fastest duck races ever due to the strong wind and tide, the corporate race was won by Quayside Conservatories, with Harvey Brothers Funeral Directors, and RPC M and H Plastics coming in second and third respectively.
Owner of the winning duck, Beccles Town and Waveney District councillor and one of the founders of the duck race Caroline Topping, said: “I am so pleased and happy. I am speechless!”
Sharon Meadows, from Beccles Sea Cadets, said: “It has been a bit unfortunate what with the weather but everybody has been brilliant and people have still come out to support it which is humbling.
“It has not put us off, we will be back again next year. It is all about getting the community together.”
She added: “The money raised will go towards training equipment and general running costs for the cadets as most of our other funds are being used for our new headquarters.”
A fun dog show also ran alongside the races with nine different show categories to enter, including loveliest lady, best rescue, scruffiest mutt, best junior handler, the golden oldie, and best in show, at £1 per class.
Each year the duck race is organised by a different youth group, with support from Crisp builders and Moore’s Music Roadshow providing the logistics and the sound systems for the show.
Among other performances at the show was the Great Yarmouth Sea Cadet Band, who performed twice, once at 11am and again at 1.45.
There was also entertainment for children in the form of the K-syl-R Roadshow, alongside a bar and a barbecue for parents, with stands from the Sea Cadets, Beccles Town Football Club, and Suffolk Fire and Rescue.