The Pateley Bridge Duck Race was back this bank holiday; the first time the race has taken place in 6 years. Organised by Upper Nidderdale Scout Group, tickets were available from local retailers in the run up to the event, to help raise much needed funds for the scout hut, along with supporting activities for local kids involved with the Scout group.
With prize money on offer of £200, and a top prize of £100, the event proved popular with locals and visitors to the Dale. Large crowds gathered on the bridge to watch the bright yellow rubber ducks float down the River Nidd. Volunteers donned their waders to fish the plastic ducks out of the water, while spectators eagerly waited to see if they had a winner! Parent helpers had organised hot dogs and refreshments to keep the crowds fed during the race. Local kids from Scouts and Beavers were on hand above the river bank to help retrieve the ducks, and make sure none were left behind. Each and every one had to be accounted for.
Mark Ashton, chair of Upper Nidderdale Scout Group said:
“We’d like to thank everyone who helped in the river and on the bank. The event was a great success and we’d like to make it an annual event again, with even more ducks and more entertainment for next year. We’d also like to thank everyone who bought a ticket, and the people who came and helped create such a great atmosphere. Ticket sales have helped us raise vital money to fund activities for local kids involved with the Scout group.”
The total raised for Upper Nidderdale Scout Group was £868. Well done to everyone involved, can’t wait to see what you have in store next year!
Upper Nidderdale Scout Group are always looking for more volunteers to help with activities. If you have time to help, please contact them via their website.