Families go quackers for carnival duck race

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of bobbing yellow plastic toys battled it out for sashes, medals and cash prizes, at the annual Sheringham carnival duck race.

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families lined up along the banks of a stream running along Beeston common to cheer on nearly 300 ducks, with competitors also paying £1 a go to put their names on more than 100 ping pong balls.

Organised by Mac's Electricals and sponsored by Betfred and Woody's Works, the event, which sold out in minutes, is one of the carnival's main fundraisers, netting around £500 a year.

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Carnival chairman Stuart McClean said that although takings from parade day bucket collections were significantly down this year, committee members and volunteers hoped to see an increase in donations at Sunday's firework finale.

He added: "The duck race is a really popular event and I think it continued the lovely atmosphere we have had at this year's carnival right from the start."

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant


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Carnival events continue tomorrow (Saturday) with a tide fight in front of the Leas at 11am; a fun dog show at Cromer Road playground at 1pm and a car treasure trail setting off from the Dormy House Hotel at 2.30pm.

Sunday, which is also Sheringham RNLI lifeboat day, includes a chalk-a-picture competition on the west promenade at 10am; a boating competition on the Leas at 2pm.

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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The torchlit procession sets off from the Lobster pub at 9pm, with the fireworks finale kicking off at 9.45pm on the Leas.

For more information, visit the Sheringham Carnival (official) Facebook page.

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Families having fun at Sheringham Carnival's hugely popular annual duck race.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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