MORE than 500 people enjoyed the sunny weather at an annual duck race and fete.

Organised by the Pendleton Village Hall Committee, the Pendleton Duck Race and Fete in Clitheroe had the heat to thank for many happy faces on Saturday June 29.

Over 1000 rubber ducks were sold to take part in the race down Pendleton Brook with 25 prizes for the top winners.

Various stalls offered items such as cakes, ice cream, coconut shy, tombola, and good old-fashioned games for children to enjoy.

Organiser Ruth Cowperthwaite said the day, which ran from 2pm till 4pm, had been very successful.

She said: “It’s been very busy. We sold just over 1000 ducks and raised a lot of money for the village.

“It’s a wonderful community event, and many people enjoyed it very much. It’s all about the community spirit more than just the duck racing. “

The event was not able to run last year due to roadworks on the A59, which meant the traffic was too heavy to risk a big turnout.

Owner of pub The Swan with Two Necks, Christine Dilworth, was also involved in the day’s running.

She said: “It was excellent. The weather was lovely, and it brought everyone in the village outside together.

“Grandparents were treating their grandchildren to ice cream, people came to help set up and clean, and there were lots of things to do for the family.

“My husband even won third prize.

“This is just something different that doesn’t happen often and something to do for the whole family, especially when the weather is this nice.”

Many of the families stayed till after the duck race, soaking up the sun and enjoying cold drinks with neighbours.

On plans for next year, Ms Cowperthwaite added: “We’ll start planning for that next year. We’re just glad this year took place without any problems.”