Rubber ducks race down the River Lavant

They're off - The Lavant duck race celebrating its 20th anniversary.LA1500066-1 SUS-150604-224511008
They're off - The Lavant duck race celebrating its 20th anniversary.LA1500066-1 SUS-150604-224511008

‘HEAVEN-SENT’ weather greeted racing hopefuls on Easter Monday to mark 20 years of a popular community fundraiser.

The Lavant Duck Race began in 1995 and 20 years on, the race got under way once again, raising cash for Lavant Primary School, St Anthony’s School, 
the Sussex Snowdrop Trust, St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Langstone Sailability.

Ian Barnes' winning duck.LA1500066-3 SUS-150604-224601008

Ian Barnes' winning duck.LA1500066-3 SUS-150604-224601008

“It’s a really lovely way of raising money,” said organiser Jenny Quest, who started it when her daughter Gina was at Lavant Primary School.

“How you can cheer on a plastic duck, I don’t know.”

On Monday (April 6), the pair started off the race again, with Ian Barnes’ duck coming home in first place.

“It was just glorious – a really really glorious day,” said Jenny.

Crowds gather at the finish to see Andy retrieve the ducks.LA1500066-5 SUS-150604-225037008

Crowds gather at the finish to see Andy retrieve the ducks.LA1500066-5 SUS-150604-225037008

There were 400 ducks racing down the river.

So far, around £1,250 has been raised this year from the event.

Asked if she expected the event’s success 20 years ago, Jenny said: “No, I didn’t, that’s the crazy thing.

“My children were at Lavant primary then and other charities have joined in over the years.”

The ducks make their way along the river Lavant.LA1500066-2 SUS-150604-225050008

The ducks make their way along the river Lavant.LA1500066-2 SUS-150604-225050008

The event was moved forward to Easter Monday this year, having taken place on the May bank holiday in previous years.

Last year, it took around two hours for the ducks to travel all the way down the river as there had been a lot of plant growth that held up the ducks.

Jenny and others follow the ducks down the river, ensuring none get left behind.

This year, the ducks were a lot quicker getting to the finish line as water plants had not grown quite as much.

Helen Spilsted helped Jenny and Gina follow the ducks. She was raising money for the Sussex Snowdrop Trust

There were refreshments provided on Lavant Green by Sandra Evans, from St Anthony’s School.