The ducks are in training ready for the Ey Up Mi Duck Race 2019, Derby’s colourful annual duck race and the biggest fundraiser of the year for local charity Sight Support Derbyshire.
The event sees giant decorated plastic ducks and thousands of little ones battle it out for supremacy in the River Derwent in Derby City Centre. It’s the focal point of a family fun day, which takes place at Derby Riverlights, Derby River Gardens, from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 8th June. Derby Riverlights, where occupiers include Premier Inn, Genting Casino and Gym City, is the main event sponsor. Admission is free.
Now Sight Support Derbyshire, which helps local people affected by sight loss stay independent, has issued a duck call to businesses, organisations and individuals to adopt and dress a giant duck for the race.
Fundraising Manager Lynda Raven said: “Our ducks are too drab to dabble in the water at the moment and need contestants to decorate them ready for entry in the Best Dressed Duck competition, which is judged at 12pm before they take to the water for the race.
“Anyone can enter, and for businesses it’s a great way of getting your company noticed. You can adopt a giant yellow plastic duck for £30, which includes a donation to Sight Support Derbyshire, and you get to keep it after the race. We’ll have some great prizes on offer, so join in and give our ducks some plumage to be proud of.”
Giant ducks will be entered in one of six categories in the Best Dressed Duck competition, with a trophy for the winner of each category and a prize for the overall winner. There is also a prize for the first giant duck to finish the race.
For those who want to join in the fun of the race without getting creative, tickets to sponsor little ducks can be bought for £1 each. The prize for the winning little duck is £250 cash, donated by Lubrizol.
The Ey Up Mi Duck Race itself starts at 1.30pm with the winners announced at 2.45pm.
Lynda Raven added: “The race is our highlight of the year and makes a real difference to our work to support local blind and partially sighted adults and children. This is the second year we’ve held the race at Derby Riverlights because it’s the ideal venue, so it’s great to have them as the race sponsor this year.”
Simon Leaf, Facilities Manager at Derby Riverlights said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to Derby Riverlights for what will be a fun-filled family day out.”
Sight Support Derbyshire is also seeking stallholders and entertainers who are interested in coming to the event.
The Ey Up Mi Duck Race is supported by Derby City Council.
For more information, or to order giant ducks or little duck tickets online, click here.
The photo shows, from left to right, Oscar Burgess 11, Lynda Raven from Sight Support Derbyshire, Simon Leaf from Derby Riverlights, and Otis Burgess 8, putting the giant ducks through their paces at Gym City, Derby Riverlights, ready for the Ey Up Mi Duck Race.