Ducks take to the River Lavant

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HUNDREDS of little yellow ducks took a swim down the River Lavant on Saturday, to raise money for four charities.

Starting their journey by the pumping station in Lavant, the rubber ducks bobbed downstream cheered on by their supporters.

A helping hand from Gina Quest at the annual Lavant duck race.'''Picture by Louise Adams C130714-2 Chi Duck Race

A helping hand from Gina Quest at the annual Lavant duck race.'''Picture by Louise Adams C130714-2 Chi Duck Race

This year’s race raised funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, The Sussex Snowdrop Trust, St Anthony’s School in Chichester and Sailability, which helps disabled people to sail.

Jenny Quest, organiser of the annual event, said: “We had a lovely sunny day for our duck race.

“There was a good crowd standing on the banks of the river. The ducks got thrown in and we followed them all the way down to Marsh Lane Bridge down by the village green.

“There was a lovely party atmosphere.”

Jenny’s daughter Gina, and Helen Spilsted, ensured the ducks’ safe passage down the course, freeing them from weed and debris.

In total, 400 ducks swam the course with prizes for the winners, and a booby prize for the last duck to cross the finish line.