Late check for the duck race

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FINAL checks will be made on Sunday to ensure that the annual Porter Valley duck race can beat the weather.

The event on Easter Monday is due to see hundreds of plastic ducks taking to the river in Endcliffe Park to raise money for the restoration of Forge Dam further along the valley.

On Tuesday, a team of 23, including members of the Friends of the Porter Valley, council officers and university students, chipped ice from the park paths and cleared the river of plastics, cans and, bottles with a view to the race starting, as usual, at 2pm.

But a late safety assessment will be made on the state of the paths and of the water flow and depth. Children will not be allowed in the river this time.

“People want to see the duck race,” said Ann le Sage, who chairs the Friends. “It has become a Sheffield institution. It looks like being a white Easter and a white duck race!”

All of which is a contrast with the past two years. “2011 was like summer and the kids all dabbled in T-shirts and shorts, last year they were huddled under brollies in their wellingtons.”

More than £6,000 was raised last year towards the project to clear Forge Dam of silt and improve its surroundings.