Published 10 April 2017
Getting their ducks in a row for a day of family fun: From left to right, Abigail Beaney, Laura Bennett and Lynda Raven from Sight Support Derbyshire, with Joshua Bennett (aged 7)
The early birds are getting ready for Sight Support Derbyshire’s annual Ey Up Mi Duck Race, which returns to Cathedral Green in Derby on the earlier than usual date of Saturday 20th May.
It is the local sight loss charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and sees giant decorated plastic ducks and thousands of little ones take to the River Derwent for a race from St Mary’s Bridge to Millennium Bridge.
With less than six weeks to go, Sight Support Derbyshire is now sending out a ‘duck call’ for people to become involved in making this year’s race the best ever.
The popular race has moved from its usual slot in June due to the World War I poppies exhibition at the Silk Mill Museum.
Lynda Raven, Sight Support Derbyshire’s Fundraising Manager, said: “The Ey Up Mi Duck Race is always a colourful spectacle and a fun family event. It raises thousands of pounds to help the charity offer practical, emotional and social support to local visually impaired children and adults.”
Refreshments, stalls and family activities to celebrate the duck race will be open from 11am until 3pm at Cathedral Green. Judging of the Best Dressed Ducks takes place at 12 noon before they all take to the water for the race at 1.30pm. The winners will be announced at 2.45pm.
The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Linda Winter, will become the first person to judge the Best Dressed Duck competitions for two years in a row. Companies, organisations and children’s groups spend weeks decorating their plastic ducks.
Giant ducks are available for companies, organisations, families and community groups to buy for £30 each and decorate ahead of race day, ready to be entered in the hotly-contested Best Dressed Duck competition before the race.
There is a separate children’s Best Dressed Duck competition for children aged under 12, with large ducks available to decorate for £15 each. This is ideal for nurseries, primary schools, and children’s groups like Brownies and Cubs.
Tickets to sponsor little plastic ducks are £1 each and are available now from Sight Support Derbyshire’s office in Litchurch Plaza, Litchurch Lane, and until 12pm on race day at Cathedral Green. The prize for the first little duck past the post is £250 cash, donated by Smith Partnership Solicitors.
Sight Support Derbyshire is also seeking stallholders and entertainers who are interested in coming to the event.