A FLOTILLA of yellow ducks will be racing its way down the River Taw this summer to raise money for the Children s Hospice South West. Organisers are busy putting together what is being billed as North Devon s biggest ever duck race and at high tide on

A FLOTILLA of yellow ducks will be racing its way down the River Taw this summer to raise money for the Children's Hospice South West.Organisers are busy putting together what is being billed as North Devon's biggest ever duck race - and at high tide on Saturday, August 9 they hope that more than 2,000 of the plastic quackers will be going bill-to-bill to win some top prizes for their owners."We want children, families, friends and businesses to adopt a duck," said project leader Ian Roome, Children's Hospice South West fund-raising co-ordinator."Most people remember the yellow ducks as a child and we are hoping that this will appeal to children of all ages. It's not meant to be competitive but I am sure we will see some keen spectating!"The ducks will be released from the iron bridge in Barnstaple's Rock Park at 12.30pm and 'swim' down the River Taw before reaching the finish line at the slipway adjacent to the war memorial.Entertainment is planned at Rock Park and also along the revitalised Square and Strand to provide a full programme of activity.The event has grown from an idea by local businessman Geoff Morton."Trying to do something new and different while still providing a great day for all the family plus raising money for such a worthwhile cause at the same time is not easy," said Mr Morton."Hopefully with the public's support we might have found that blend."There will be two categories for those who wish to enter: a main category open to the general public, and one for businesses. "There will be lots of prizes to be won in both categories," Said Mr Roome. "We have great aspirations for this being not just a success this year but making it an annual event," he added. Individuals can adopt a duck for just £2, while the Barnstaple Chamber of Commerce has lent its support to the project to try to encourage local businesses to pay £10 to sponsor a duck."It is exciting to be involved with a project which promises to deliver so much to the town, its residents and the hospice," said Chamber chairman Rob Ford.Details of how to enter the race will be released soon. For information in the meantime, telephone Ian Roome at Little Bridge House on (01271) 325270.