Dyserth RNLI Duckboat races bring out the crowds
Hundreds of people attended the annual Dyserth Duckboat races on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 May, in the North Wales village.
There were bumper crowds of people who attended this year's races, and the ducks were so oversubscribed that 12 races had to be undertaken. The races were of 60 boats each, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes, and the 'Grand Finale' with 200 duckboats being released, the winner scooping the major prize.
The weather was glorious with a small breeze in the village some 3 miles from Rhyl. The races were held to raise funds for the RNLI charity's Mayday appeal; to fund kit and clothing to support the crews as they save lives at sea and on inland waterways in both the UK and Ireland.
The event was also supported by the volunteer crew from Rhyl station, who had to rush off near the end of the day to attend a callout for the lifeboats, not getting home until 1.30 the next morning.
Peter Dean, Rhyl Fundraisers chairman said 'Can I thank you all for the wonderful team effort, It worked so well, everyone played their part, we seem to have found the best system for selling the boats, and what was achieved in three hours or so is not bad going in the current financial climate, with so much else going on over the bank holiday weekend!'
As a result of the day, over £1400 was raised for the appeal.
As well as the races, various stallholders pitched up on the community field by the side of the waterfall.
Peter Dean continued; 'The organisers would like to thank the general public for their support, and also Dyserth Waterfall Committee for allowing the event to take place'.
The results of all the races can be found on the Facebook page . https://www.facebook.com/rnliduckboatrace/
OK, we'll say it now, everyone had a QUACKING time (sorry)
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