THOUSANDS of rubber ducks created quite the spectacle at the Shakespeare Duck Race.
Everyday ducks and corporate ducks – including chefs, waiters and hairdressers and the bard himself – competed in the Stratford Rotary Club Evening Group-organised event.
Mayor Victoria Alcock launched the race from Lucy’s Mill Weir and over 2,000 rubber ducks made slow but steady progress to the finish line.
Duck 822 belonging to Mrs Humphries from Kineton finished first place, followed by 1,890 belonging to Kelly Holmes, and duck 1,113 entered by Lisa Robinson bagged third place.
The corporate duck race winner was duck 26 – Hairdresser Duck belonging to Sporting Barbers, which will hold the much-coveted Shakespeare duck trophy for one year.
Over 400 tickets were sold and fundraisers estimate some £4,000 has been raised to help children and young people’s services at the Shakespeare Hospice.
The event ran smoothly with help from the boat club, sea cadets, Shakespeare Hospice, Inner Wheel and Stratford Rotary Club, Lodders and The Ale House.
And the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust contributed to funds selling duck-related mementos.