IT was perfect weather for ducks - and on Saturday, thousands of little yellow plastic ones floated down the River Taw to raise money for the Children s Hospice South West. Despite the weather, the hospice s first ever Duck Day event has been hailed a hug

IT was perfect weather for ducks - and on Saturday, thousands of little yellow plastic ones floated down the River Taw to raise money for the Children's Hospice South West.Despite the weather, the hospice's first ever Duck Day event has been hailed a huge success by organisers."It was a great day and the race itself bought Barnstaple's Long Bridge to a standstill," said hospice fund-raising projects coordinator Ian Roome."The event raised several thousand pounds and I'm sure we'll be putting on another race next year."The first duck across the finishing line has won Miles Cowley, from Ilfracombe, a pair of theatre tickets to a West End show of his choice, including an overnight stay in a Central London hotel with breakfast, donated by barummobile.comSecond prize of a Boots makeover went to Mr Hardman of Barnstaple; while Marion Cassinelli of Barnstaple won third prize of a meal for two at Piccolo Italia. Poppy Slattery won fourth prize of a meal for two at the Riverfront Cafe.Around 50 ducks were adopted by local businesses - one of which won the North Devon Gazette a meal for two at Lilicos, Barnstaple.