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‘Great success’ of popular duck race held online

PUBLISHED: 16:22 12 August 2020 | UPDATED: 16:22 12 August 2020

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

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An annual duck race experienced a new kind of stream this year - being held online for the first time in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

The Bungay Duck Race, which raises money for the Falcon Meadow Community Trust, was held on the River Waveney on Monday morning, with 527 ducks taking part.

Not wanting to cancel the event, which has been held every summer since 2015, organiser Laura Myatt took the race behind closed doors, with people buying tickets online for their ducks to take part.

She said: “The duck race went off with great success.

“We ended up having winners from all over the UK as the event caught people’s imagination, with support coming from far and wide.

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

“We even had people buying tickets in America and Australia.”

Prizes were donated from Giddens and Thompson, Bungay Co-Op, Fen Farm Diary, Transam Trucking, Gold Star Fencing and Bungay Film Club.

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Laura MyattThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Laura Myatt

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

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The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier

The Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie RosierThe Bungay duck race was held behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. PHOTO: Eddie Rosier


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