SPOT YOURSELF: Pictures from the Wetherby Duck Race

The people of Wetherby came out in force to watch the first duck race held for decades during a community weekend.

Local charity fundraisers, the Wetherby Lions ran the event for the first time in 25 years to raise money for the York Rescue Boat, which operates on the River Ouse.

NAWN 1507121AM1 Wetherby duck race. Ruth Nash(Wetherby High School), Gareth King(Wetherby High School, Wetherby  duck race mascot, Ryan Sidebottom with his son Darley(4), a Wetherby Lion, Dave Benson(chairman York Rescue Boat), Christine Talbot(Calender) and Robert Rolfe(President of Wetherby Lions.) (1507121AM1)

NAWN 1507121AM1 Wetherby duck race. Ruth Nash(Wetherby High School), Gareth King(Wetherby High School, Wetherby duck race mascot, Ryan Sidebottom with his son Darley(4), a Wetherby Lion, Dave Benson(chairman York Rescue Boat), Christine Talbot(Calender) and Robert Rolfe(President of Wetherby Lions.) (1507121AM1)

The event was held on the Sunday of the same weekend as the Wetherby Food Festival.

John Handley, Wether Lions Vice President said: “It is a massive community event, it’s the lion’s 50th anniversary this year so we wanted to bring back a couple of big events that involve the community.”

The supported cause is one that is very close to the community’s heart following the death of Wetherby High School student, Megan Roberts, who drowned in the River Ouse.

The York Rescue boat was established nearly 12 months ago following that incident and many others and is a voluntary service that receives no external financial help.

With approximately 1,870 ducks entered into the race, the Lions raised around £3,000 but hope to see that figure go up as funds from business sponsors come in.

Mr Handley said: “We have already decided we are going to do it again next year, there was a fantastic atmosphere, it was just a great community event.”

The ducks had to travel 400m across the River Wharfe and the Lower Wharfedale Canoe Club were on hand to ensure they got off to a flying start.

Wetherby High School also helped with collection buckets on the day and selling tickets at the school beforehand.

Christine Talbot from ITV Calendar news and Yorkshire Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, also came to wow the crowds and acted as commentators throughout.