Duck Race 2017

What a Race That Was!

The first duck to arrive at the wining line was fished out and its number recorded. The next three ducks won their

The 8th July was a fine sunny day and just right for the Witham Carnival and the Rotary Club Annual Duck Race.  The usual race course, along the River Brain from near the bowling green and under the Bridge Street bridge to the winning line, was well known to many who had bought a ticket for a numbered duck in the hope of wining  a prize.  As soon as the Carnival Procession had crossed the bridge, the ducks were tossed into the river and a few minutes later they began to appear under the Bridge Street bridge as they approached the  Finish.  Note one red duck - the first of a new class of duck reserved for corporate concerns in Witham who had sponsored the race with special red tickets priced many times the cost of an ordinary ticket.  The first duck of the coporate red ducks won a hamper, donated by a sponsor, for the concern. 

After the race,  the straggler ducks had to be rounded up so they could be washed and stored for next year.

In 2018 make sure you get a Duck Race ticket - you may be the lucky winner of £100.