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Plastic ducks will take to the River Thames for annual midsummer fair

Plastic ducks will take to the River Thames for annual midsummer fair

Francis Batt

Plastic ducks will take to the River Thames for annual midsummer fair
Royal Borough town crier Chris Brown and Donald Duck launch the duck race

It is nearly time for the annual Windsor duck race - when amazed passers-by watch as a sea of yellow plastic birds sail majestically up the River Thames.

It is all part of the town's midsummer fair, happening on Saturday at Alexandra Gardens. The fair starts at noon with an official opening by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Andrew Jenner at 1pm.

Live entertainment will include Punch and Judy, the Salvation Army band, Zumba and Morris dancing with the duck race starting at 4pm at Bath Island.

The ducks cost £2 and are available at King Edward Court or at the fair itself. People whose duck reaches the Windsor bridge first could win £500 or £100 of Fenwick vouchers.

Other attractions at the fair include 50 charity and trade stalls, teas, cakes and sandwiches provided by Clewer scouts and guides, a coconut shy, Cork shooting gallery, children's roundabout and bouncy castle.

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