Windsor and Eton Rotary Club Summer Fayre

James Harrison

James Harrison

The Thames turned yellow as more than 1,000 rubber ducks swarmed the river for the annual Windsor and Eton Rotary Club Summer Fayre.

Up to 500 people are thought to have been at Alexandra Gardens for the event on Saturday to take advantage of live music, as well as a range of food and charity stalls.

But the highlight of the day was the traditional rubber duck race on the river.

A final figure is yet to be confirmed, but it is expected that about £4,000 is believed to have been raised, which will be shared out among several charities supported by the club.

Speaking afterwards, Bernard Hawkes, who is set to be unveiled as the club’s new senior vice president today, said: “It was the first time we’ve been able to use the new bandstand, so we redesigned things a bit to be able to use it as an attraction and it made for a very special afternoon.

“When the sun came out people were able to sit on the grass and just enjoy the music.”

He added: “It’s our main local charity event of the year and this year I think it’s been one of the best we’ve done.

“It’s definitely given us plenty of food for thought for next year’s fair.”

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