Nice weather for ducks

Wayne Allen has a quick read of Saturday's Mail as the ducks head towards the finish

Wayne Allen has a quick read of Saturday's Mail as the ducks head towards the finish

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IT was fine weather for ducks when hundreds of pink plastic toys were set afloat during a fun day at Hartlepool Marina.

Around 100 people braved Saturday’s rain to watch 500 eye-catching plastic ducks which were placed on the water during the town’s annual duck race for TFM Radio’s Cash for Kids charity.

The race is on

The race is on

People paid £5 for a unique number which corresponded to each duck and the first past the finish line, in the area near PSS Wingfield Castle, netted the winner a luxury holiday to Amsterdam, in conjunction with DFDS Seaways.

The winner was Amy Watson, second duck past the post was picked by Heather Stevens, who won an overnight stay in Linden Hall hotel, in Morpeth, and third place was Christine Rayner, who won cinema tickets.

The duck sales raked in £2,500 for the Cash for Kids charity, which helps underprivileged children across the Tees Valley, and the total was brought to £5,000 with sponsorship from Hartlepool firm Niramax, which provided a truck to tip the ducks into the sea.

TFM Radio presenter Wayne Allen and Hartlepool Marina staff entertained crowds on the fast-paced Thundercats boats during the rain-lashed event, which was backed by the Mail.

Cash for Kids charity executive Linsey Wood said: “It was a shame about the weather.

“But we will have raised £5,000 which will stay in the local community to help disabled and disadvantaged children.”