CROWDS in Calne went quackers for the Calne Lions annual duck race on Saturday, which raised over £10,500 for local charities.

Families lined the streets, basking in the sunny weather as they watched more than 3,500 ducks make their way from the bridge at The Co-op to Marden House in one of the highlights of the fundraising calendar.

In preparation for the event, members of Calne Lions cleaned up the River Marden to ensure the ducks had a clean run.

Rachel Viles, club president of Calne Lions said: “The duck race turned out to be a great family event as always and the weather was glorious.

“It was a very successful day and there were a lot of people enjoying it.

“It was lovely to see the community come together.

“It brings a lot of people into the town and lots of businesses were really busy.

“I just want to thank all of the businesses, schools and people who entered the race and bought tickets for their support.”

Community groups and businesses also filled the streets with fundraising stalls, including Springboard Opportunity Group from Chippenham, the Royal British Legion and Calne Methodist Church.

Kingston House Care Home was crowned the winner of best dressed business duck which was decorated with gold glitter, a tutu, feather boa, moustache and hat by dementia residents at

Lavender Lodge.

Giles and Denning won the business race, whilst Sunbeams Caterpillar won the school race.