Ducks will take to the water in Ambleside again this year as part of the Festival of the Fells.
The charity duck race, organised by Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary club in the river in Rothay Park, will be one of the highlights of the final day of the festival in September.
The organisers will once again be raising money for Alzheimers Research, for whom they netted a mammoth £2000 last year. They are hoping that local businesses might sponsor the event this time.
Tickets will be on sale at a stall in the Market Cross on the Friday and Saturday of the Festival, which is being staged for the second time, organised by Ambleside Together.
This year’s event is supported by a new headline sponsor, Heart of the Lakes, the leading holiday cottage company which has been based in the town for more than 40 years, and has more than 150 properties in and around Ambleside on its list of 300 holiday homes.
A number of events have already been added to the calendar including open water swimming sessions, and talks including a lecture by the festival’s patron, top mountaineer
Veteran fellrunner Wendy Dodds will also be giving a talk about her long-distance running exploits, at the Golden Rule.
The festival will be staged from Sept 21-24. Every business in the town has been invited to take part, after an independent survey showed that almost £250,000 extra income was generated for the town over the four days last year.