It’s going to be quacking! Annual duck race returns

The start of last year's Thame Duck Race
The start of last year's Thame Duck Race

An annual race that involves dropping rubber ducks into a river is to return for its twelfth year.

Thame and District Roundtable’s annual duck race is being held on Sunday June 15, the day after the Thame Carnival.

More than 2,000 ducks are set to be dropped into the river from the starting point at the old town bridge.

The town’s resident pirate Captain Ducky will also be along to join in the fun.

Jonathan Gardner, secretary and press officer for the roundtable said: “I think the reason why this event is so popular is because to see thousands of rubber ducks floating down a river is unusual and quite a spectacle.

“The ducks basically travel down the river for a quarter of a mile and the first to cross the line is the winner.”

It costs £2 to enter the race and tickets are available from the Falcon and Cross Keys pubs.

They are also being sold by the Thame Air Cadets outside the town hall on Saturday June 7 and at the Duck Race Stall at Thame Fete on Saturday June 14.

Some tickets will also be available on the morning of the race.

The race starts on the old town bridge behind St Mary’s Church at 11am and gates open at 10.45am.

The race is free to watch and the money raised during the day will be split between local causes.