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Special ducks help feather the nest of Christmas lights committee; CHARITY.

A large box full of yellow rubber ducks was thrown from Banff Bridge this weekend to raise funds for north-east Christmas lights.

The Deveron Community Christmas Association, which used to be known as the Banff and Macduff Christmas Lights Group, annually holds a fundraising duck race.

The plastic toys are sponsored by local children and families before being tossed into the River Deveron.

Whoever owns the duck that reaches the net first wins a money prize.

This year Lisa-Marie Gray won the PS100 prize after her daughter Lily picked a duck. Member of the association Alex Irvine was one of the two who tipped the box of ducks into the water dressed in a suitable costume for the event.

Known as the Deveron Duck, he also had the job of congratulating the winners of the group's colour-in a duck competition - the top entries being named McDuck, Uniduck, Sparklequack and Deveron Duck, emblazoned with a picture of the bridge.

Mr Irvine said: "The duck race was a great success, the winner was Lisa-Marie Gray with duck 284. We raised enough to purchase four new Christmas lights for the towns this year.

"We're also planning to invest in a couple of metal-frame Christmas trees to reduce the waste of disposing of a real tree every year after Christmas.

"Special thanks to the Coastguard team and the teams in both Banff and Macduff Primary Schools who helped us sell the ducks as well as Tesco Banff and Banff Guides for their help."

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:May 27, 2019
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