Rotary Goes Quackers for local charities

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The Annual Rotary Charity Duck race on the river Brora once again beat the stormy weather and turned out to be a happy and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

At 2 pm exactly the Memorial Clock chimed out the hour and while the pipers from the Sutherland Schools Pipe Band blew a storm 2000 ducks dived from the bridge to begin their journey to the river mouth harbour escorted by the East Sutherland Canoe club members.
The race was keenly contested with over 100 ducks in the pack that broke clear at the half way stage on the ebbing tide with a good wind behind, it was nip and tuck between 10 ducks coming into the last few meters, with Wendy from Cocoa Skye’s duck just getting its beak in front on the line to hold off an Australian ringer that was the bookies favourite and the sleek duck of Councillor Richard Gale, as they took the first three places winning £200, £100 and £50 in one of the best races seen on the Brora in some years.
There was much celebration at the BBQ as while the owners of the first 3 may not have been on hand many or the lesser placed ducks had their owners there to cheer them on to near glory and a small financial reward.
Speaking of which over £1,500 we earned for local projects.

Here’s to next years race –don’t miss it!