BARNSTAPLE will be going quackers" next month when the River Taw stages the first ever Children's Hospice South West Duck Day. Up to 3,000 plastic yellow ducks are expected to swim" downstream from a start line adjacent to the Rock Park war memorial, be

BARNSTAPLE will be going "quackers" next month when the River Taw stages the first ever Children's Hospice South West Duck Day.Up to 3,000 plastic yellow ducks are expected to "swim" downstream from a start line adjacent to the Rock Park war memorial, before finishing at the town's Long Bridge, in what is being billed by organisers as North Devon's biggest ever duck race, starting at 12noon on Saturday, August 9.Ducks cost just £1 to adopt and with hundreds already snapped up by eager hospice supporters, organisers will be on Barnstaple High Street this Saturday hoping to find "homes" for a few more!"We'll be promoting the event on the High Street this Saturday so stop by and say hello and adopt a duckie for a very special cause," said hospice fund-raising projects coordinator Ian Roome."Buy buying a duck, you can take part in what promises to be a fantastic event. There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs and you can feel proud that you are helping to support life limited children and families across our region. "Your kindness and commitment are so precious to us."The top prize for the winning duck is theatre tickets for two to a West End show of the winner's choice, including an overnight stay in a Central London hotel with breakfast, donated by barummobile.com. Other prizes include a meal for two and a weekend stay at a Brend Hotel.On the day of the race itself, a host of entertainment has been planned in the town's re-vamped Square, with trampolines, bouncy castles, fun rides and music from the crew at roadshowhire.com from 10am-4pm."We are currently looking to hear from anyone with a kayak or other support boat that might be able to help out in the water on the day," added Mr Roome.To offer to help, or for more information and tickets, telephone (01271) 325270 or visit www.chsw.org.ukn ADOPT-a-duck! Anam Ashcroft-Kelly, 8, and Ellie Carpenter, 9, both with brothers who have received respite care at Little Bridge House, gear up for next month's duck race.