Crowds to go quackers for town’s popular duck race

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On your marks... a town’s traditional duck race is set to cause a huge splash this weekend in an event which attracts up to 1,000 people.

The 14th Burton Latimer Duck Race is to take place at the town’s Pocket Park, in Station Road, from 1pm on Sunday, June 10.

Various attractions will be on show, but the day’s main event is always the duck race itself, where people bet on ducks which are released to travel down the nearby River Ise, with the winner scooping a prize.

Organiser Maureen Jerram said: “It’s a lovely day for everyone, and it really is a staple of the town.

“There’s some chicanes in the river so it’s quite good watching the ducks race through it.

“We get people coming from the town, but also from Corby and Wellingborough.

“We’ve got around 16 stalls so far at the event, so we’re looking for a few more.”

The popular event raises funds for the well-used pocket park, with £1,600 gained for the coffers from last year’s event.

Festivities on the day also include face painting, tractor rides, a spitfire cockpit simulator, beer tent, choirs and an Irish band.

Town councillor Fergus Macdonald said: “It’s a real feature of Burton Latimer’s social life. It’s always proved very popular.”

Stalls are priced at £10 or £5 for charities. To book a stall at the event, call 01536 725524.