IMAGES: Tadcaster Duck Race 2014

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It was ducks all the way as the townsfolk of Tadcaster went quackers at the annual Duck Race and Family Fun Day with thousands of pounds being raised.

Now in its seventh year, the event saw hundreds of people turn out to try their luck with a duck, or take advantage of the numerous stalls on the river bank alongside the Wharfe to raise money for the community pool.

Ducks galore at St Joseph's Primary School stall - children left to right Tyler Stebbings, Sarah Welch, Elizabeth Watson and Rebecca Welch. Back left to right Helen Stebbings (PTA) and Michelle Watson - Photo by Wendy Binns (s).

Ducks galore at St Joseph's Primary School stall - children left to right Tyler Stebbings, Sarah Welch, Elizabeth Watson and Rebecca Welch. Back left to right Helen Stebbings (PTA) and Michelle Watson - Photo by Wendy Binns (s).

“The year’s event was the best ever with unbelievable community support and we owe a huge thanks to all those people who helped to organise and donate raffle prizes,” said Chris Porter, Facility Manager at Tadcaster Swimming Pool.

“It was magnificent!” he added.

There were ducks galore, as every one of the 2,500 yellow ducks were sold and then were dropped from the viaduct, floating downstream to claim the first, second and third prize.

Also falling from the viaduct were 50 brightly coloured Corporate ducks sponsored by Tadcaster businesses.

Children entered into the spirit of the occasion by wearing duck hats and having their faces painted.

As well as being a major fundraiser for the Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust the Duck Race attracts many community groups who had stalls and raised funds for their own cause.

In keeping with the duck theme there was hook a duck and a cake stall selling cupcakes with ducks on.

Celebrities invited to throw the ducks from the viaduct included Olympic swimmer Chris Cook and BBC Look North television presenter Clare Frisby.

Ben Wright from Tadcaster East Primary School had previously won the painting competition whereby all the local primary schools were invited to paint a duck and he was also on hand to make sure every duck went over the edge.

Members of the Lower Wharfe Canoe Club guided the ducks over the weir and to the finish line and BBC Radio York presenter Adam Tomlinson kept the crowds entertained, especially as the ducks took a long time to reach that finishing line.

The first Corporate duck through the line was number 29, sponsored by Dawson and Clarke Hairdressing and the winner of the general duck race was Sharon Smith with number 622.

The event raised 1,874.66 on the day with another £1,000 from previous ticket sales to add to that.

“The grand total should be near £3,000 and we will be using this money to purchase equipment for the small pool for our young children,” stressed Chris.