Good day for ducks but not plastic ones

Milngavie Rotary Club's annual duck race, River Allander, Milngavie, 10th September 2011. Nigel Low Photographer
Milngavie Rotary Club's annual duck race, River Allander, Milngavie, 10th September 2011. Nigel Low Photographer

MILNGAVIE’S annual duck race was almost sunk on Saturday - as organisers decided it was too dangerous to let the plastic quackers loose in the Allander.

Heavy rain meant that while it might have been good weather for feathered ducks, it certainly wasn’t for fake ones, meaning that those in charge of the fun event had to hastily re-jig the format.

Every year hundreds of plastic ducks are tipped into the river at Tesco where they race down stream to a boom laid across the water in Lennox Park.

However, torrential rainfall meant that this year the Allander was in spate, making any post-race clean up operations too dangerous.

A supermarket trolley-full of ducks was ceremonially piped through the precinct and instead of being tipped into the river, eight youngsters were chosen to run from Tesco to the park, where the first four picked out the winners, who received vouchers for Comet and Marks and Spencer.

The annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Allander, raises cash for a range of charities.

Rotarian Colin Crawford, who ran this year’s race, said: “I’m delighted with the outcome. Local people and visitors to Milngavie generously contributed £1,750 which will shortly be passed onto CHAS, the children’s hospice charity, Kedneys for Kids and some smaller local charities.”

The eight children who took part in the race were Nicola Berry, John Cattenach, Catriona Nisbet, Louise Miller, Erin Revell, Christina Tollin, Paul Tollin and Coll Strachan. Winners of the vouchers were Sonya Parry in first place, Mauren McVay in second, Chris McGovern, third, and Ewen McLean in fourth.