Race of a different kind hits town

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Ducks took to the water as Tadcaster celebrated the day the world-famous Tour de Yorkshire came to town.

Following the excitement of the women’s race and the second stage of the TdY starting in the brewery town, hundreds of people then lined the banks of the River Wharfe to catch the action, as 35 Corporate ducks and 1,550 yellow ducks were thrown from the viaduct to make their way to the finish line.

Guided by the Lower Wharfe Canoe Club, all ducks came safely home with Lawtons of Tadcaster winning the Corporate Duck Race and claiming a year’s free advertising on the TV screens at Tadcaster Swimming Pool.

First, second and third place, as the yellow ducks swam across the finish line, went 214 (H Widnall - £100), 1070 (Mark - £50) and 1051 (Varley - £25), respectively.

The event raised more than £3,500, which is being divided between the Swimming Pool and Alzheimer’s charity.

“It was a very successful afternoon and a fitting close to the events of the day,” said a spokesman for Tadcaster Swimming Pool.

“Thank you to everyone from the community who supported our extra Duck Race and we look forward to seeing you all on 30 September for our Annual Duck Race.”