Lions' great duck derby

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 16:41 14 April 2010

The Lions Club of Sidmouth will be staging its annual Great Duck Derby on the River Sid on Sunday, July 20. The events start at 2.15pm, by Sid Park Road bridge in the Byes, with the children's duck and spoon races and these are followed at 2.45pm by t

The Lions Club of Sidmouth will be staging its annual Great Duck Derby on the River Sid on Sunday, July 20. The events start at 2.15pm, by Sid Park Road bridge in the Byes, with the children's duck and spoon races and these are followed at 2.45pm by the start of the Corporate Duck Race with little red ducks. The main duck race starts at 3pm when hundreds of yellow plastic ducks enter the River Sid from the Sid Park Road bridge and "race" downstream, jostling to be the leader. The first yellow duck to descend the weir above Waterloo Bridge, Salcombe Road, earns its owner the winner's prize of £400. The 2nd prize is £100, 3rd prize is £75 and there are six £40 and ten £20 "swimmer-up" prizes. The 'yellow duck' tickets cost £1 each and are available from members of the Lions Club who, with the consent of the owners, will be selling the duck tickets in hotels and pubs around the town. Duck tickets can also be purchased outside Somerfield in the High Street, from 10am to 5pm on July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and outside LIDL in Woolbrook from 10am to 5pm on July 5, 7, 12, 14 and 19. On Sunday, July 20, duck tickets will be available from the Sidmouth Lions' gazebos near the start and finish of the race. So please get your tickets soon and come along to the banks of the River Sid on July 20 for a fun afternoon, watching the races and cheering on your ducks. As usual, all the Great Duck Derby proceeds are for charity and this year the principal beneficiaries of the main Duck Race will be the British Heart Foundation and the Devon County Association for the Blind, plus Sidmouth Lions' charity activities.

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