Great Yarmouth Duck Races 2016. Report by Alan Spinks
The seventeenth Annual Great Yarmouth Haven Duck races took place at The Waterways, Great Yarmouth on Sunday September 18th.Once again many thanks to Selwood Pumps for their expertise in making the water flow from the North this year. Thanks to the 2 Potters Lifeguards for attending and the display and demonstration of The Yarmouth Boat Club and The Gorleston Model Boat Club.
The weather was overcast but not cold with the northerly wind this year . A very large crowd built up as the time for the races was to start and the sellers of £1 ducks were kept very busy.
The newly purchased Rotary tent made life easier for selling and storage. This year unfortunately the PA system was not working so well and put the cause of the problem to be other activities on the same wavelength. Robert started the commentary explaining the purpose and sponsors of the races and later was ably assisted by Richard Delf and this year some intervention and commentary by Neville from Harbour Radio.
The giant ducks looked splendid as they were displayed for public view...the designs and colours incredibly eye catching !
President Diana of Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth made her choice of " the best Decorated duck "...this was from WT Skip Hire.
The races were started by our President Malcolm Loveland.
Thanks to all the helpers in what ever capacity you were involved with, and many have put a lot of time and effort in making this a very successful public spectacle and fund raiser for our club.
A very successful afternoon ( our best yet ) with good profits hopefully in excess of £12000.
The winners were.......
Green Race................ 1st no. 212 £200.Jacqui Crook 2nd no. 178 £100 Jane Austin 3rd No. 378 £50 Christine Pawley
Yellow Race...............1st No. 2081 £200 Mrs C Smith of Great Yarmouth. 2nd No. 216 £100 Ashton Neville 3rd No. 1201 £50 Ted Witton
Corporate Race........ 1st Quayside Plaza 2nd PJ's Fish & Chips
Giant Duck Race.........1st Better Furniture Great Yarmouth Runner up SPP Digital
Best Decorated............WT SKIP HIRE Ltd.
Photos not in action order !
many more full size photos available if requested.
Photos by Alan Spinks