Martin & Co Leatherhead are please to sponsor a duck in the annual Leatherhead Duck Race. We have called him Martin.
On Sunday 26 June Leatherhead Duck Race 2011 will take place on the banks of the River Mole by the town bridge, at the bottom of Bridge Street. The action starts at 2pm. Place a bet on your chosen duck and cheer him or her on to victory.
Seven tote races (six heats and a grand final) will be followed by a mass duck race in which hundreds of tiny yellow bath-time ducks take to the water. There are some fantastic prizes to be won. To keep the little ones entertained between races there will be a children's entertainer with puppets, balloon modelling and magic. Miniature steam train rides will also be available in nearby Mill Lane – just follow the signs. Ice cream and soft drinks will be on sale by the river.
The little yellow ducks can be sponsored for £1 on the day or in advance from the Swan Centre every Thursday and Saturday right up to the event. The ducks are also available from the HelpShop, Vecchia Trattoria Restaurant and Barton's Bookshop.
Picking a winning duck can be hard, so here are a few tips: choose your favourite colour, study the form, pick the name you like best or, if in doubt, rely on pot luck!