I thought I would share with you some of the images from the Stockbridge Duck Race that was held this week in Edinburgh. Stockbridge is a lovely part of the city, an old village enveloped by the encroaching New Town in the late 19th Century. It still has a village feel about the place and has some great shops, bars and restaurants that are well worth a visit.
The Stockbridge Duck Race was started 28 years ago and is a major fundraiser for local charities. Leading up to the race, you can buy a duck – in reality a number that corresponds to one written on a yellow plastic duck. On a chosen Sunday in the Summer, thousands of yellow plastic ducks are thrown from The Stock Bridge into The Water of Leith and they float for 150 metres or so until they are collected in a net stretched out over the river, by local volunteers.
The winning ducks are upended and the number noted. The first 100 or so ducks that came down win the prizes donated by local businesses and services.
Of course, some times a duck makes a ‘big bid for freedom’ and has to be chased downstream and returned to the fold………
If you’d like to visit Stockbridge come along on one of our guided walks. See www.edinburghwalks.com for more details.