rubber duck

A giant inflatable rubber duck has been spotted at the New Bailey development in Salford.

Peering over the River Irwell into Spinningfields, the enormous rubber duck appeared in the early hours of this morning – and has already sparked conversation online, with Mancunians tweeting and sharing images of the bright yellow inflatable rubber ducky on social media.

The gargantuan yellow bird’s appearance marks the start of the annual Manchester Duck Race celebrations – which take place every year on the River Irwell to raise funds for children’s charity Brainwave.

Taking place every year on Good Friday, the race is one of Manchester’s most popular Easter traditions and has raised over £200,000 for the local children’s charity to date.

Every year families and local businesses lining the banks of the River Irwell at New Bailey to cheer the rubber ducks on as they paddle their way to the finishing line.

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the race, and organisers have some extra special surprises planned for this year’s event.

Taking place this year on 19th April between 11am and 4pm, the Manchester Duck race is free to attend and families can buy a miniature duck to race for just £1.

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