Train Graphic
Great Western Passengers' Forum Great Western Coffee Shop - [home] and [about]
Read about the forum [here].
Register and contribute [here] - it's free.
article index - [here]
 tomorrow - TransWilts AGM
tomorrow - Melksham to Swanage trip
28/04/2019 - Melksham to Seaton trip
30/04/2019 - SERUG talk - Sidmouth
02/05/2019 - WWRUG - Trowbridge
15/05/2019 - Community Rail in the City
Random Image
Train Running @GWR Twitter Acronyms/Abbreviations Station Comparator Rail news GWR co. site Site Style 1 2 3 4 Chat on off
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
April 26, 2019, 08:38:58 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most liked recent subjects
[129] Car parking - picking up from a late running train
[101] Williams Rail Review
[74] Track circuits explained
[56] More dangerous overcrowding to the Westcountry
[53] Peers call for end of free bus passes for over 65s
[52] Kim Jong-un Train Arrives In Vladivostok
News: A forum for passengers ... with input from rail professionals welcomed too
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: Easter Monday Duck Race postponed to April  (Read 2010 times)
Hero Member
Posts: 24728

View Profile WWW Email
« on: March 30, 2018, 07:26:18 am »

If anyone was planning to take the train to Bradford-on-Avon on Monday, the Wiltshire Times tells us

Easter Monday Duck Race postponed to April

ORGANISERS of the Bradford on Avon Duck Race have been forced to postpone the annual event until April because the river is too high and the current too strong.

The race has now been rescheduled for Sunday, April 29 at 12 noon, starting from the Town Bridge. Poster and social media sites are being used to inform local residents.

A spokesperson for the organisers, Bradford on Avon Town Council, said they had consulted the Environment Agency, the town’s Community Emergency Volunteers and the local canoe and kayak club before deciding to postpone the race.

Lydia Booth, the council’s communications manager, said: “They all said the river is too high and the current too strong and fast-flowing to run the race safely.

“The river is currently high and the finish line pontoon is submerged under water. With the strong current, the ducks might rush down the river and this could be a disaster.

“In addition, there’s risk of ducks ‘escaping’ beyond the barriers and no safe place for volunteers to stand when collecting retrieved ducks.”

Up to 1,000 ducks have been purchased by the council for this year’s race. Last year, 780 ducks took part. Ms Booth added: “All ducks sold will still be valid for April 29.”

Any ducks that have not yet been sponsored will be available to buy from 11am on the day in Westbury Gardens.

The race was originally due to take place on Easter Monday, April 2 following the Bradford on Avon Lions Club Easter Bonnet competition and Easter Egg hunt at Victory Field.

The ducks are raced along the River Avon from the Town Bridge to the finish line under the McKeevor footbridge, where the winners will be retrieved and their sponsors announced.

For more details and to sponsor a duck, please contact the Town Council offices on 01225 864240.

Coffee Shop Admin, Member of Melksham Rail User Group, on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest and some more things besides
Hero Member
Posts: 1196

View Profile
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2018, 08:03:05 am »

I thought about going but decided to duck out of it before the official postponement. Huh. I heard an announcement that sounded like 'Duck Off' but thought I was being told to go away Roll Eyes
« Last Edit: March 30, 2018, 08:23:00 am by chuffed » Logged
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
Posts: 16621

Question everything.

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2018, 09:42:20 am »

Postponed until April?

Easter Monday is in April.  Roll Eyes

Time flies by when you're a driver of a train,
Speeding out of Trumpton with a cargo of cocaine.
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
Posts: 623

View Profile
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2018, 09:16:18 pm »

Anyone who has seen the state of the river at Bradford over the last few days will appreciate that the decision was certain ly the right one

I like to travel.  It lets me feel I'm getting somewhere.
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

Pages: [1]
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants