Quacky racers return to town

Duck race volunteers gear up for the big day
Duck race volunteers gear up for the big day

Hundreds of bright yellow plastic ducks will be floating along a local burn for the 10th year in a row this weekend.

Grangemouth Duck Race, organised by the local branch of the Friends of Strathcarron Hospice Grangemouth branch, will take place at the Grange Burn, between Wallace Street and Kerse Road, from 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Starting off back in 2001, the event has raised well over £10,000 for the hospice and provided plenty of fun for spectators and those taking part in the race. Anne Fairlie, Friends of Strathcarron Hospice treasurer, said: “It has been a great way to raise funds for the hospice and we have brought in £1200 to £1400 some years.

“It’s also been a lot of fun.”

Ducks, which number around 600, are on sale on the day and cost people £1.

If yours crosses the finish line in the top three you will find yourself with a cash prize.

There are usually 50 or 60 corporate ducks, which are larger than the normal plastic breed, and cost firms £10 each.

It also gives them the opportunity to win the Corporate Duck Trophy – something which Fitzcharles Coaches did last year for the third time, edging them ahead of Ineos who have won it twice.