The Duck Race is organised jointly between Whitworth Town Council’s Tourism and Leisure Committee and CLAW (the Community Leisure Association of Whitworth).
For those unfamiliar with the concept, you ‘sponsor’ a numbered yellow rubber duck for £1.00, which is then entered into the Duck Race. The first one across the line wins, with cash prizes for first, second and third place ducks of £100, £75 and £50. There’s also a tenner for the last duck across the line. After the Duck Race the Cock & Magpie pub on the corner of Tong End and Cockhall Lane will be open for soup, sandwiches and chips.
Councillor David Chorlton, chair of the Tourism and Leisure Committee, says: “For those who have not been to the Whitworth Duck Race in the past, the sight of hundreds of yellow rubber ducks heading swiftly downstream really is a sight to behold! This has always been a popular event in the Whitworth calendar."
The Duck Race always takes place on New Year's Day at Cowm Reservoir at 1.00pm. You can sponsor a duck now – sponsor sheets are available at the Whitworth Council Office, Riverside (Civic Hall), Post Office, Sandy's Barbers, Whitworth Leisure Centre and UBS, and from Whitworth Town Councillors. You can also sponsor a duck on the day.