Sidmouth Great Duck Derby

June 25, 2018

On Sunday 15th of July, Gilbert Stephens Solicitors will proudly be taking part in the annual Sidmouth Great Duck Derby. This traditional summer event is organised by the Lions Club of Sidmouth and features a full afternoon of events including a combined flock of around 5,500 ducks racing down the River Sid.

The event consists of two primary races; the public race with usually about 5,000 yellow ducks, and the corporate race with around 500 red ducks. Each duck is sponsored respectively by either a member of the public or a local company, with the chance of winning one of many great prizes. This year, Gilbert Stephens Solicitors have approved sponsorship of 20 ducks to be entered in the corporate duck race. In last year’s corporate race the winning red duck earned its sponsor a 1st prize of £1,000, with 2nd placed red duck earning £600 and 3rd place earning £400. To make things even better, the three winners of the corporate race can each nominate a local humanitarian charity of their choice for their prize to go to.

Terry Bastyan, managing partner of Gilbert Stephens Solicitors said:  “We are happy to support the Sidmouth Corporate Duck Race, not only is it a fun event for all the family but it also gives back by way of a charity donation for the winning companies.  We are proud to be a sponsor in such a worthwhile event and, if one of our ducks was lucky enough to quack past the finishing line in the top three, we would donate the winnings to Sidmouth Hospiscare where one of our Partners, Claire Veness, is a Trustee”.

The Great Duck Derby will begin at 2pm at the Sid Park Road Bridge where members of the public can take part in the ‘Duck & Spoon’ races, with the corporate duck race beginning at 2:45pm, closely followed by the public duck race at 3pm. The winners will be announced shortly after their ducks reach the finishing line, the weir by Waterloo Bridge at Salcombe Road. Yellow duck tickets are already available from ‘Paper Moon’ on Fore Street and ‘No. 83 for Cards’ opposite the Co-op store on Sidmouth High Street; also from Sidmouth Lions outside the Co-op store during the two weeks before the duck race. All the net Duck Derby proceeds go to charity.