Annual Rayne duck race sees over 1,400 rubber ducks take to Essex stream

PUBLISHED: 13:11 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:11 09 May 2018

The annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Over a thousand rubber ducks could be seen meandering down a village brook in Rayne’s annual duck race which raised over £1,500 for the First Rayne Scouts Group, with 400 locals cheering them on.

The annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

However, a pair of mallards relaxing in Pod’s Brook got in a flap when confronted by the yellow brigade, on May 7.

Individuals paid a pound to enter a duck in the race, which has been held for over 20 years, and which lasted for 25 minutes this year, covering about 500 metres.

Sarah Everett from scouts group, which has about 80 members, said the money would possibly go towards more outdoor sports equipment and a new fire pit. The money will also be used to maintain the scouts’ building- also used by the Brownies.

Sarah said 1,400 ducks were entered in the race.

The annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

A projector was bought with the money from last year’s race, meaning the groups can now have film nights.

The annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe annual Rayne Duck Race took in Pod's Brook. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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