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Ducks in a row for 2018 race on the River Dee

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Chester’s Business Improvement District, CH1ChesterBID will be supporting the annual Chester Duck Race this year with a special corporate duck celebrating the city’s Purple Flag status.

With the countdown to the annual Chester Duck Race well underway, ‘Purple Petunia’ has been unveiled by the organisation – with a nod to both the city’s Purple Flag status and its involvement in the RHS Britain In Bloom contest this summer.

Purple Petunia is being ‘billed’ as a special duck, dressed head to toe in purple, and hoping to sail to glory on the 22nd September.

As part of the annual Chester Duck Race fundraising event, the city BID has decorated its corporate duck in readiness to be cheered on by the hundreds of spectators who turn out to watch the spectacle.

Thousands of ducks race on the river each year to help raise money for the Countess of Chester’s Babygrow Appeal.

Judy Tagell, marketing manager at CH1ChesterBID, said: “We’ve always supported the Chester Duck Race and this year is no different with Purple Petunia set to represent the 500-plus businesses that are members of CH1ChesterBID.

“The purple theme reflects the Purple Flag status that we achieved earlier this year, which recognises UK towns and cities with outstanding night time economies.

“It’s something we’re exceptionally proud of and of course we’d love to see our duck win the race, but it’s fantastic to be part of something that’s lots of fun and raises money for a really worthwhile cause.”

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