History of the duck race

The tradition of racing ducksdown Hebden Water, a tributary of the Calder that that flows through the centre of Hebden Bridge can, allegedly, be traced back to medieval times. Some years ago the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge decided to resurrect the sport of duck racing in the town, however, instead of training live ducks, they invested in the re-usable plastic variety.

Held on Easter Monday each year, the event now attracts thousands of visitors to the town from far and wide.  As well as enjoying the race itself, they enjoy the stalls, attractions, entertainment and fun that accompany it.

The main duck race is now preceded by a business duck race.

History - a lot of ducks
Ducks from the web

Local schools are encouraged to prepare decorated ducks for display in the shop windows of Hebden Bridge & Mytholmroyd.

The valley certainly goes Duck Crazy.  Why don’t you come along and see for yourself.

Not possible? Then please buy a Duck online – all profits this year are going to the support of victims in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd affected by the recent major floods.