IT WAS great weather for ducks as rain drenched the annual Holmfirth Duck Race and gala.
The 21st duck race was held at in the Summer Wine town yesterday, organised by Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table.
Over the years, the event - founded by Geoff Woodward - has raised £130,000 for local charities.
Last year it raised £9,000.
The plastic ducks were put on their marks in the River Holme at 2pm, in the town centre.
While they floated down the river, people partied away at a gala at the finishing post at Sands.
The event included a junior football tournament and a mini-rugby display by Underbank Rangers.
Soccer celebrities Town player Lee Fowler and former Town striker Jonathan Stead, who now plays for Blackburn Rovers, were also at the event.
Ducks cost £1 each for individuals but there were 100 `corporate ducks' bought for £25 each by local businesses.
The first corporate duck to cross the line was owned by E Hobson Florists, of Holmfirth, who received 12 bottles of champagne.
The first duck overall to cross the finish line was owned by N Lastell, who won £1,000.
In second place was a duck owned by J Marsden, winning £200. Third duck over was owned by A Taylor, who received £100.
Les Foulger, of the Round Table, said the event had gone well despite the rain.
He said: "The weather was not kind but it brightened up and everyone enjoyed themselves. We had a couple of thousand people there."
As well as having fun, Round Table members also used the event as a chance to recruit new members.
To join the Round Table you must be male, aged between 18 and 45, and enjoy helping others.
* All requests for charitabl help from the funds raised at the Duck Race should be made to Les Foulger on 07801643208.