Dyserth RNLI duckboat race a success after Covid.
There were large crowds to cheer the ducks on as they navigated the tricky and sometimes treacherous waters of the stream leading from Dyserth Waterfalls.
Over 15 races of 60 ducks each race during the days, prizes were given to the first three over the line every time.
The ducks were cajoled, assisted and rescued by lifeboat crew from Rhyl, as they manoeuvred their way over the rapids.
The fundraisers ran stalls as well as Marshall and bucket collection, and of course the registration.
The RNLI's Mascot Stormy Stan, also made an appearance during the day.
The event started at noon, and continued well into the afternoon, as large queues formed to register for a number on the back of the ducks.
There was music from Mark Budd, and the compere Steve Batterbee, who kept the crowds amused with his banter and dancing!
Also present were the Rhyl RNLI fundraisers, who helped marshall traffic and also to accept donations in the buckets.
The Dyserth Community council also helped with a donation towards the prizes.
Although the weather was overcast, it did not deter the public from attending, some travelling for many miles to visit.
At this time, it is expected that the event will raise over £2500 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at Rhyl. This is a welcome addition after the last two years.
Peter Dean, chair of the Rhyl lifeboat fundraisers said ' It has been a great day, and I would like to thank all my family who supported the RNLI today. From small beginnings when I started this event years ago, it is growing from strength to strength'.
This was the first duck race for the new Rhyl RNLI events team Abigail Jefferson, Amy McAdam and Judith Sharp who would like to thank all the volunteers and crew that worked so hard all day to make the event such a success.
The team would also like to thank Rhyl mayor Cllr Diane King and her consort Peter Prendergast, for attending and presenting the prizes for the raffle.
Pictures courtesy of Paul frost MBE, Rhyl RNLI station press officer.
Additional photos can be found on the Rhyl lifeboat Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=rhylrnli&set=a.454201223232283
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