Decorated ducks get set for 10th Beccles Duck Race

Action from a previous Beccles Duck Race

Action from a previous Beccles Duck Race - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

Thousands of beautifully decorated ducks will take to the river on Sunday for the 10th Beccles Duck Race.

Organised by Beccles Rugby Club, the fun will kick off at Beccles Quay from 11am, launched by Beccles mayor Caroline Topping, and will continue until 8pm with live music and entertainment for all the family.

The races will start at 3pm and will be split into three categories - the corporate ducks, remote control ducks and the smaller ducks.

Ducks will be sold on the day until 2pm for anyone who hasn't yet bought one, and ducks will also be available to buy at Tesco in Beccles tomorrow.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary there will be old school children's games including sack races, egg and spoon races and tug of war. There will also be rides, a dog agility display, a Kuk Sool Martial Arts display, a birds of prey display and a demonstration from the Beccles Rugby Club youth teams.

The corporate tent will open at noon for all the sponsors and Adams will be sponsoring the bar.

Alan Cooper, chairman of Beccles Rugby Club and the duck race committee, said: 'The committee are working hard to finalise all the little details to ensure this day is a huge success.

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'We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this great community tradition and have brought in some exciting new additions to make this event bigger and better than ever.

'We wouldn't have the ability to run this event without the support of the local community including our platinum sponsors B&B Skip Hire, Ovamill, Musker McIntyre, Epic Tools and Gasway.'

In the evening local band The Anyone's will take to the stage performing original material and some covers.

Proceeds from the event will go towards a new youth hub for younger rugby club players, along with other local causes. The youth hub is set to cost around £30,000 and will provide a safe place for players to meet before and after matches.

•Is your town or village holding a special event? Or are you raising money for a special cause? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk with the details

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