Leyland Rotary Duck Race: Last chance to buy tickets and help charities

One of Leyland’s favourite outdoor events is being held virtually this year because of the pandemic

Friday, 7th May 2021, 1:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 8:02 am
The annual Leyland Rotary Duck Race is going virtual this year
The annual Leyland Rotary Duck Race is going virtual this year

The countdown has begun to Leyland Rotary’s River Lostock Duck Race.

In previous years scores of people have gathered to watch the annual Leyland Rotary’s Duck Race, when hundreds of little yellow plastic ducks are released into the River Lostock to raise money for local charities.

Running for 10 years, the popular race has raised more than £20,000 for local charities.

Plastic ducks are launched into the River Lostock for the race in 2019

This year the event is going digital - and folk are being encouraged to support it.

The pandemic has limited the opportunities to sell tickets bit organisers are still hoping people will rally round as the deadline to buy a duck approaches.

Charities such as St Catherine’s Hospice, Cancer Research UK (Leyland), Derian House, Heartbeat, Headway (Leyland and Chorley) have all benefited from the event.

Leyland Rotary President Annette Ramsden said: “We were all set to run the Duck Race in May last year but the pandemic meant the plans had to be abandoned.

“We had hoped that 2021 would see the return of this fun-filled family day down on the river but it was not to be. We decided to try a virtual race as we were keen to resume our fundraising activities for our local charities which have all suffered during the past year.

“Not being able to physically sell ducks and have personal interaction with our supporters is proving challenging.

"We would really appreciate the people of Leyland demonstrating their generosity by going online to support this event as they have always done in the past.”

The race will run this weekend and ducks must be bought by noon on Wednesday May 26 to be in with a chance to win a prize of £100, £50 or £25.

Ducks are £2.50 each and find out how to buy a ticket and race a duck for charity, go to the website www.balloonrace.com/LeylandRotary