It was ducks all the way for the Tadcaster Commmunity Swimming Pool annual event with Duckbola, Duck Rescue, Pluck A Duck and Cup A Duck and then 2,040 plastic yellow ducks were dropped from the viaduct in a swim to the finish line.
The finish line may have had to be brought forward this year because of the bridge situation, but even the team from Balfour Beatty were on hand with a ‘lifeboat’ for all those stragglers and the safety of all those taking part.
This was the first time Jack Radcliffe from the Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool had organised the event and he took to it like a duck to water, being on hand to ensure the day ran smoothly for a day to remember.
The Lower Wharfe Canoe Club play a massive role in the day’s proceedings and the event could not go ahead without their expertise in guiding those ducks in the right direction.
Adam Tomlinson from BBC Radio York did the honours from the loud speaker and special guests were Mayor of Tadcaster Don Mackay and Clare Frisby from BBC Look North, as they officially started the race and helped to throw the ducks off the viaduct.
Shannon Spence, aged nine from Tadcaster East Primary School won first place in the duck painting competition and Declan Walsh from Riverside Primary School was absolutely delighted to win £100 for the first duck over the line (number 666). When asked what he would do with all that money, the youngster replied: “I am going to give it to my Mum and Dad!”
Winner of the first Corporate duck over the line was Lambert Engineering and the business receives a year’s advertising on the screens at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool.
“Thank you to all who took part for their hard work in making this a day to remember for me and the people of Tadcaster, especially to our team of volunteers from the pool,” said Jack.
“The community spirit was once again in evidence and hundreds came out to enjoy all the day had to offer, despite the bridge closure.”