Bridgnorth set to go quackers with first duck race

By Rory Smith | Bridgnorth | Bridgnorth entertainment | Published:

Bridgnorth is going quackers for its first ever Duck Race down the River Severn, organised by the town’s Lions group.

Howard Davies, from the Lions, and Maggie Rogers, of The Travelwallet, are gearing up for the town’s first ever duck race

The group is joining forces with a number of retailers to host the race, which will see a paddling of rubber ducks race down the river.

Taking place on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, the race will start from Severn Park and finish at the B4363 bridge.

The rubber ducks will be available to sponsor for £3 each from various retailers in advance, as well as on the day of the event on April 22.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Lions’ charities, including West Mercia Search and Rescue which will be on the water to ensure the plastic competitors do not stray too far into the river bank.

Each of the numbered ducks will be setting off at 12pm.

The winner will receive a prize of £25, with £15 for second place and £10 for third.

Organising the event, Chris Aked, of Bridgnorth Lions, said: “Everything’s looking set to be a great first year of running this event.

“It’s wonderful that so many retailers are getting involved with it and we’re delighted it’s gained so much support from residents and businesses around the town. We decided to hold the event in aid of our charities, which do a sterling job at supporting communities all around the county and who will be on hand to help organise the event on the day.


“We would encourage everyone to come down and get involved on the day for a bit of fun for a great cause.”

He added: “We’re hoping to have a great turnout for the race in its inaugural year and prove it worthy of putting on in years to come.”

Full details of the event are soon to be made available at a number of Bridgnorth retailers and on the Lions’ website

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Trainee news reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Ketley office in Telford.


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