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On Sunday 16 June, in Cromford, as part of their annual Celebrating Cromford Festival, a sponsored duck race was held. At around twelve o’clock 180 ducks were released into the River Derwent behind Cromford Mills by Alys and Mary, both Celebrating Cromford volunteers.

The ducks made their way down the river accompanied by volunteers ensuring no stragglers escaped.

After a brisk swim down the river, in front of an enthusiastic group, the ducks passed under the finish line at Cromford Bridge where they were retrieved by Ian Evetts, Chris Hannath and Jonathan Park, all members of Cromford FlyFishers Club – celebrating their club’s 150th anniversary by supporting this event, and supported by the volunteers from Celebrating Cromford who captured any escapees.

The first 5 ducks in the net received prizes donated by local Cromford businesses – The Boat Inn, Oakhill Hotel, Taylor-Wilde Chocolatiers, The Greyhound Hotel and Masson Mill. Proceeds from the event are going to Cromford Pre-School Playgroup (whose logo is a duck) and Cromford Primary School.

Jonathan Park of Cromford FlyFishers Club said, “The local fishing club were very happy to have been able to support both Celebrating Cromford and the causes they support. Everyone seemed to have fun, although the Canada Geese got a bit confused.”


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