Ducks get stuck in annual village river race

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THE ducks needed a bit of encouragement from a dad armed with a rake at a traditional annual race at the weekend.

Villagers and Rattlesden Primary School came together for the great Rattlesden duck race on Sunday.

But the dry weather has left the River Rat running so shallow that the plastic ducks got stuck.

Bridget Burke, headteacher at the primary school, said: “We had more than 50 people there.

“I tipped the ducks in but because the river was so shallow one of the dads had to create a wave with a rake.

“It was a little bit chilly on the day and we could have done with some rain to fill the river – but the day went well, was well attended and the people from the village really supported it.”

The winner of this year’s great duck race was five-year-old Sam Parker. He was presented with a winner’s medal and trophy.

Veryan Dawe from the village came second and eight-year-old Freya Clarke from the school came third – both were given runners-up medals and certificates.

Sunday also saw the school spring fair, organised by The Friends of Rattlesden School.

The fair included a number of stalls and a bouncy castle and raised more than £200 for the school.