A bright sunny afternoon last Sunday saw a large crowd gather along the Kirkcudbright Harbour wall to watch the running of the Rotary Club’s annual Duck Race.
This is the eigth year the event has been held to raise money for charity. There were a total of just under 1400 ducks in the main race and 99 larger ducks in the ‘corporate duck race’ which is supported by local businesses and Rotarians. The ducks were launched from the Bridge and “swam” furiously down the river to the finishing line at the harbour slipway. The ducks were recovered at the finishing line by the Sea Cadets.
The winner of the public duck race was Mr A Cross from Motherwell (no. 118 ) with Mrs Y Sproat from Annan (no. 57) in second place. Third and fourth prizes went to locals Mr A Patterson and Mr Proven. The winner of the ‘corporate duck race’ was Ethan with HMS Lochinvar coming second followed by Daffodil (Lindsay Line). Immediately before the race a ‘beauty parade’ of the corporate ducks was held with two judges from the vintage car rally, Lee Cawthorne and Rita Harrison, awarding first prize to ‘Dorothy Duck’ (J S Fencing), second place to ‘Polka Dot’ (William Law) with ‘Selkirk’ (Selkirk Arms) coming third.
The main race was started this year by Alan Bell who officiated at the London Olympics and fulfilled a similar role at other international athletic events. The corporate race was set off by Christine Wimbush, together with her late husband Peter were very active in developing the race to its present level of popularity. Christine continues to work hard in her role as the main organiser of the corporate ducks.
The club’s president, Jean Best, said: “Each year the race seems to grow in popularity and we are delighted to bring a lot of fun and excitement to the Town. The summer is a busy period for the Club when we try to raise as much cash as we can for good causes both locally and internationally. We have lots of fun doing it and I invite any readers who are interested in getting involved with Rotary to come along to one of our meetings which are held in the Selkirk Arms every Tuesday
at 7 00pm when you will receive a warm welcome.”