Quacky races!

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It wasn’t the usual weather for ducks, but these little rubber fellows took to the River Lostock to raise money for charity.

Hundreds of families enjoyed the sunshine as they gathered for the Rotary Club of Leyland’s annual duck races on Monday.

Around 2,000 numbered yellow ducks were set free into the river from the bridge off Western Drive by Mayor of South Ribble, David Suthers, and youngsters raced to the finish line to see if the duck they had bought had won the £100 first prize.

It followed another race where local businesses had paid £25 to sponsor one of 50 blue rubber ducks in a corporate event.

The event helped to raise cash for Legacy Rainbow House, which works with disabled children in Mawdsley, near Chorley, and Rotary good causes.

Anthony Pierce, president of the Rotary Club of Leyland, who dressed as a duck mascot for the day, said: “Sales of individual ducks for the (family) race are up – people have been very good.”