It was good weather for ducks, even if the crowds of people might not have found it so appealing as the Great Thatcham Duck Race was staged in the rain on Sunday.
Despite the weather dozens of people lined the River Kennet by The Rowbarge in Woolhampton to cheer on the thousands of plastic ducks along the short course downstream.
The race has been staged at Woolhampton for the last few years by Thatcham Rotary Club, and is fast becoming an annual tradition at the scenic spot.
Thatcham Rotary Club member Frank Quinn said: “Despite the weather it went down very well indeed.
“I wouldn’t say we had a healthy crowd but we had a very good crowd of families with lots of young children, and we were pleased that so many people did brave the rather dodgy weather.
“It was wonderful to see so many happy faces enjoying the silly activity of watching plastic ducks go down the river, and it was really good fun.
There was also entertainment on the riverbank, including a coconut shy run by pupils from Kennet School, and a hook a duck competition for younger children.
Each year the race manages to raise thousands of pounds for an assortment of different charities.
This year’s beneficiaries will include the renal dialysis and cancer care unit at West Berkshire Community Hospital and disaster relief charity ShelterBox, as well as a host of others.
Frank added: “I don’t know what the money raised is yet but I’m sure our treasurer was smiling when he left.”