It certainly fitted the bill for something to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds packed the river banks in the centre of Holmfirth to watch the 33rd annual duck race.

Some 10,000 plastic ducks were released from a giant box and poured onto the river at the start line by the Old Bridge Inn, each allocated to a numbered ticket bought by a member of the public.

And the Examiner was there to catch the whole thing, as we used a Go-Pro camera to get a duck’s eye view of the excitement.

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Feathers were ruffled as many of the plastic participants got stuck on the lumps and bumps of the journey to the Sands.

But that didn’t stop them emerging at the finish line, with the first three scanned to reveal the winners.

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The fastest duck revealed Stuart Murray to be this year’s winner, while Ian Spiers came second and the third belonging to someone named only as Lucy.

The huge event is organised each year by the Huddersfield District Round Table, with proceeds helping local causes.

Hundreds gather for the 34th Holmfirth Duck race. Sophie Thompson, four, with dad Barry, hopes her duck will be the winning one
Hundreds gather for the 34th Holmfirth Duck race. Sophie Thompson, four, with dad Barry, hopes her duck will be the winning one

The renowned event marked the start of Holmfirth Arts Week, which goes on until Saturday.

Round Table President David Pearson said: “It’s been going for so long that it’s a mainstay event in the Holme Valley calendar.

“It brings everyone together and I think people just really enjoy how fun and quirky it is.”

Hundreds gather for the 34th Holmfirth Duck race. Pendragon Round Table celebrate the successful race
Hundreds gather for the 34th Holmfirth Duck race. Pendragon Round Table celebrate the successful race

People racing to the finish line were met with a family funfair complete with inflatables and stalls.

David added: “It’s been a really fun day out for everyone.”