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Another quacking year for the Thatcham Rotary Clubs Great Duck Race.




THATCHAM Rotary Club has knocked expectations out of the water with this year’s duck race, raising more than £2,000.

Around 5,000 plastic ducks were poured into the Kennet & Avon Canal at Woolhampton this weekend for Thatcham’s annual duck racing event.

The race raised £2,300 for Young People and Children First - a local charity that provides a safe and secure home for care leaving and homeless 16-25-year-olds.

Thatcham Rotary Club Duck Race.
Thatcham Rotary Club Duck Race.

Spectators stood by the towpath and Swing Bridge and watched on keenly as the ducks were poured into the canal.

Thatcham Rotary president Stephen Walker said: “We are pleased that the event was such a success.

“The amount raised for our event designated charity exceeded our expectations.”

Felix (7) and Iris (3) Brims
Felix (7) and Iris (3) Brims

Mr Walker added: “The large number of spectators thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

Member of Thatcham Rotary, Bob Champion, thanked all involved, including Kennet Radio who provided entertainment and race commentary.

Thatcham mayor John Boyd was also in attendance.

The ducks were all retrieved from the canal at the end of the event with the help of Newbury Canoe Club.

Thatcham Mayor, John Boyd with Stephen Walker (President Thatcham Branch).
Thatcham Mayor, John Boyd with Stephen Walker (President Thatcham Branch).

Mr Champion said: “Without their support we would not be able to hold the Duck Race.”

He said that he is already looking forward to next year’s event.

Chief Executive of Young People and Children First, Tracy Underwood, said: “It was such a wonderful day, I so enjoyed being a part of it.”

Thatcham Rotary Club Duck Race.
Thatcham Rotary Club Duck Race.

Thatcham Rotary Club is now planning its next community event, the Thatcham Santa Run which will take place on December 5.



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