WATCH: Thousands of rubber ducks take to the Wensum as part of celebrations

The Great Norwich Duck Race 2018. PHOTO: Sophie Smith

The Great Norwich Duck Race 2018. PHOTO: Sophie Smith - Credit: Archant

Thousands of ducks took the plunge on Sunday, swapping the bath tub for the River Wensum in The Great Norwich Duck Race.

Jane Stafford and Lord Mayor Martin Schmierer at The Great Norwich Duck Race 2018. PHOTO: Sophie Smi

Jane Stafford and Lord Mayor Martin Schmierer at The Great Norwich Duck Race 2018. PHOTO: Sophie Smith - Credit: Archant

Part of the Lord Mayor's Celebration, the race has been run for nine years by First Norwich Sea Scouts.

A record of 6,600 ducks were poured over the side of Lady Julian Bridge on Riverside, with a first prize of £500 going to duck number 0143.

The ducks were sold for £2 each, with proceeds going towards the East Anglian Air Ambulance, The Feed, and participating Scout groups and projects.

Jane Stafford, race coordinator, said: 'We've generated more than £13,000 which is a record.

Lord Mayor Martin Schmierer and race co-ordinator Jane Stafford at The Great Norwich Duck Race 2018.

Lord Mayor Martin Schmierer and race co-ordinator Jane Stafford at The Great Norwich Duck Race 2018. PHOTO: Sophie Smith - Credit: Archant


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Next year is a decade of duck races, and we want 10,000 ducks.'

Lord Mayor Martin Schmierer said: 'It is another feather in the very feathery cap of Norwich.

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'While we all had a great time today and yesterday it was also for a good cause, and that makes it all the more worthwhile.'

Our coverage is sponsored by First Eastern Counties.

The Great Norwich Duck Race 2018. PHOTO: Sophie Smith

The Great Norwich Duck Race 2018. PHOTO: Sophie Smith - Credit: Archant

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