Town is quackers about duck race

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THE River Thame will be full of rubber ducks next weekend as 2,500 of the plastic pets will be released into the ‘wild’ for the annual race.

It is all part of the Thame and District Round Table’s annual duck race, which see’s the ducks complete a quarter mile course down the river.

The first three ducks to cross the finishing line will then win their owners a prize.

It costs £2 to sponsor a duck, with all proceeds going to local charities and worthy causes.

Volunteer Nick White said: “It is enormous fun, especially for the family as we get all the kids involved.

“We have children selling tickets to their communities and they seem to love it.

“It is just a bit of fun, they love walking down by the river and there is a bit of excitement to it as well and they all know they are helping a good cause.”

Chairman Rob Parker added: “The duck race is very much a family orientated event and it’s great to see so many people enjoying the occasion.”

This year’s race is expected to the biggest yet, with 500 more ducks being entered than last year.

Mr White said: “It really is growing every year, this is the fourth time we have done it and now it seems to be the talk of the town.”

A number of local clubs, organisations and charities are expected to benefit from the race.

This includes the town’s hockey, swimming and football clubs, as well as the Thame Day Care Centre and children’s charity Safari.

The race sets off at 11am on June 19 from the bridge on Old Long Crendon Road and takes about an hour to complete. Tickets can be purchased from Thame Town Council, The Cross Keys, Thame Day Centre, and through various youth sports clubs in the town.