Thursday 7th June 2012
Thousands of red, white and blue ducks have raced down a river to celebrate the jubilee and raise funds for a sight charity.
Sight Support Derbyshire held its annual Ey Up Mi Duck race on the River Derwent to raise funds for the charity and mark the Queen's 60-year reign.
More than 5,000 sponsored ducks raced down the river in Derbyshire helping to raise £9,000 for the charity.
Fundraising manager Robin Toal said: "It was wonderful to see so many Derby people out in red, white and blue, supporting a local charity on this historic weekend.
"Every rubber duck we placed in the river was paid for by the public and it was wonderful to see the Derwent brimming over with support for Sight Support Derbyshire's work. The rain did little to dampen the spirits of the crowds who valiantly cheered on their ducks towards the finishing line and an epic photo finish."
The sponsor of the winning duck received a £250 prize donated by opticians and event sponsor Specsavers.
All funds raised will support the work of the charity, which provides services to people with a visual impairment in Derbyshire.