Businesses praised after ‘getting into the spirit’ of town’s charity duck race

Businesses in Fakenham have been praised for getting behind a charity duck race. Photo: Keith Osborn

Businesses in Fakenham have been praised for getting behind a charity duck race. Photo: Keith Osborn Photography - Credit: Archant

Businesses in a north Norfolk town have been praised for “getting into the spirit” of a community duck race event.

Organisers behind the Great Fakenham Duck Race have praised the town for getting behind the charity initiative that will see decorated ducks raced down the River Wensum.

The event will see everyone from the town's hairdressers to garden centres send their rubber ducks downstream in the Super Corporate Duck Race.

Event organiser Richard Crook, from community initiative Active Fakenham, said: "We've sold 23 corporate ducks.

"They're all taking it seriously and getting into the spirit."

And Mr Crook added that any funds raised would go to a variety of local charities, including Active Fakenham, Friends of Fakenham Junior School and First Focus.

The event, which is in four parts will see also residents invited to enjoy picnics, stalls, and activities in a field adjacent to the river, at Gogg's Mill.

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Stalls will include the rugby club, free face painting, tea and cake, and Spanish street food, and there will also be a bouncy castle.

"We've kept it all very low cost and free," Mr Crook said.

The day will also see participants enjoy taking part in a cardboard raft race, supported by Fakenham Canoe Club.

This will be followed by the corporate duck race, and finally the Great Fakenham Duck Race - which organisers hope to see hundreds of rubber ducks competing in - arranged in partnership with the Fakenham and District Rotary Club.

"People buy a duck and we're hoping to have a few hundred of them," Mr Crook added.

"It's the first time we've done this way - the Rotary Club have been selling them for us and its going brilliantly so far.

"Everyone's got into the spirit."

Prizes for the duck race winners include a £100 Aldiss voucher, a £100 voucher for Black Bikes, in Sheringham, £50 cash, and more.

And organisers say spaces are still available for entrants in the cardboard raft race.

There is no parking at the event, apart from spaces for drop off, but there will be free parking at Becks Field, with signposts to the event.

The Great Fakenham Duck Race is free to attend, and runs from 10.30am to 2pm on Sunday, June 2.

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