Hitchin duck race is a huge success as worthy causes benefit

Families gather on the banks of the River Hiz to watch the Hitchin Duck Race. Picture: Danny Loo

Families gather on the banks of the River Hiz to watch the Hitchin Duck Race. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people young and old turned out in the centre of Hitchin for the town’s annual duck race on Saturday which raised funds for three very worthy causes.

The Hitchin Duck Race. Picture: Danny Loo

The Hitchin Duck Race. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

The eagerly-awaited event hosted by Hitchin Markets took place on the River Hiz in front of the iconic St Mary’s Church.

There was a family-friendly atmosphere on what was one of the hottest days of the year.

The Children’s Race helped raise money for Angels Support Group, with the 12 noon race in aid of the Stevenage Lytton Players.

The final race involving the yellow plastic buoyant birds backed the Humanitas Shop in Bucklersbury and its life-changing projects.


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The Ladder 87 crew were also in attendance with Dennis the fire engine.

Abi Shambrook from Ladder 87 said: “We love working with the community. We met some amazing people at the duck race and made some new friends!

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“Well done to all the winner and thank you to everyone who supported the charities by entering the races.

“What wonderful community spirit shown by all.”

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