The show must go on for popular duck race

Organiser of the famous Burton Latimer duck races, Maureen Jerram, is looking forward to this Sunday's event in the town's Pocket Park.
Organiser of the famous Burton Latimer duck races, Maureen Jerram, is looking forward to this Sunday's event in the town's Pocket Park.

Organisers of a town’s famous duck race are hoping its second time lucky this summer after the event was rescheduled for this weekend.

Heavy rainfall put paid to the hopes of Burton Latimer’s duck race taking place at the town’s pocket park last month, but it is set to go ahead on Sunday, July 15.

The traditional event sees people bet on ducks that are released to travel down River Ise, with the winner netting a prize.

Organiser Maureen Jerram has said the event will take place if heavy rainfall does not make the river fill up to dangerous levels, which caused last month’s postponement.

She said: “I was so disappointed when we had to cancel as so many hours were put into organising the race.

“The river had filled up to dangerous levels, which meant we couldn’t put our canoeists in the river to direct the ducks.

“The rain also meant the access route was really muddy, and I feared the money we would make would go towards repairing damages.

“But all being well, we will host it this weekend with much of the entertainment that was scheduled for June’s race signed up this weekend which is great news.

“I’ve even managed to get a couple more stalls for Sunday.”

Festivities on the day also include face painting, tractor rides, choirs, and an Irish band.

It had only been cancelled once before in its 14 year lifespan.

The event raises cash for the upkeep of the pocket park, with £1,600 raised for the well-used venue last year.

The event kicks off at 1pm at the pocket park, in Station Road, with the race itself happening at 3pm.