HUNDREDS of families turned out to the banks of the River Stour in Dedham to enjoy an annual duck race.

A sea of 850 ducks drifted on the water after they were each bought by visitors hoping to get their hands on a £50 winner’s prize.

They had 30 minutes to try to swim as far as they could down the river.

The duck which travelled furthest had been bought by Andrew Knott.

But it was a wooden spoon for Oliver King’s duck, which failed to get going.

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The event, now in its tenth year, was hosted by the 1st Dedham Guides and 1st Lawford Guides.

The guides are fundraising to be able to attend a jamboree in Norwich this summer.

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The 850 yellow plastic ducks were sold at £1 each on the day so more than £850 was raised.

Lawford’s guides also sold homemade cakes to boost their efforts.

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Tracey Lovelock, unit leader at Dedham Guides, said around 1,500 people attended the Bank Holiday Monday event overall.

She added: “There were lots of families because they all came for picnics on the side of the river.

“It went really well, especially as the sun helped everybody to come out.”

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