AROUND 700 plastic ducks jostled for position at the start of the annual Duck National at Blakeney.

It was one of the biggest fields in the 34-year history of the race which is the highlight of the event at Blakeney playing fields.

There were 21 races in all with the National being the big one with a first prize of £100.

Away from the races, on the playing field itself, the attractions included the infamous ducking stool and a display of vehicles by the Forest Vintage Vehicle and Machinery Club ahead of their annual show at Speech House which takes place on Sunday (September 11).

The hot weather had lowered the course on the brook but there was still plenty of competition.

Glyn Bullock, who is one of the organisers said: “It’s been excellent. The weather has suited us but the course was a bit low.

“We’ve had 21 races and 700 in the Duck Grand National so everyone is happy.

“We bought another 100 ducks in case we had a good day – and we had a good day.”

After the races, there was more entertainment in the evening with music at the Brtitish Legion.

Money raised by the event goes to Blakeney Youth Club, the playing field and Blakeney FC.

The organisers also made a donation to the Ukrainian relief effort.