A Belper opticians is setting their sights on the top spot at the forthcoming Ey Up Mi Duck race for Sight Support in Derby, after revealing the winner of their competition to find a design for their giant duck.

More than 30 entries

The team on King Street held a competition over the past month, inviting locals to put their design ideas on mini rubber ducks and submit them in store.  Local Freya Harris’ design, called ‘Duck Turpin’, was selected from more than 30 entries, and her winning design will decorate the official Specsavers duck entered into the race.

The store has purchased a giant duck for £30, which goes to Sight Support Derby, ready to be entered in the hotly-contested Best Dressed Duck competition before the race.

‘We had more than 30 decorated mini ducks entered into our competition, and some really imaginative designs!’ said Belper store director Andy McBride. ‘The decision was a tough one, but the whole team agreed that Duck Turpin really stole the show!

Biggest fundraising event of the year

‘We’re busy transposing Freya’s design onto our large duck, and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished design and cheering it down the river in a few days’ time.’

Held annually in Derby, the duck race is Sight Support Derby’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and sees giant decorated plastic ducks and thousands of little ones take to the River Derwent for a race from St Mary’s Bridge to Millennium Bridge.

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