Coronation Street stars Kevin Webster and Molly Dobbs missed out on the big Grand Durham DUCK Race despite being in the city.
The actors, currently having a secret affair in the favourite TV soap, were in Durham for the switch on of the Christmas lights on what should also have been the day of the annual duck race.
But very high water levels in the River Wear scuppered the race which had to be cancelled for safety.
Twenty thousand yellow plastic ducks, however, will still be tipped from a giant digger off Elvet Bridge in Durham City. The race will go ahead, weather permitting, at 1pm on Sunday 6 December.
Vicky Binns, who plays Molly and Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin, helped get the new date message across while posing for a duck picture and showing six fingers!
Four good causes will benefit from the charity duck race: WaterAid, Butterwick Hospice, The Durham Christmas Lights Appeal and The Durham Mayor’s Appeal. It is organised by the Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK) in partnership with Marketing Durham and sponsored by Northumbrian Water.
The person who buys the winning £1 charity ticket for the sponsored race to Kingsgate will win £1,000, second place wins £300 and third £200.
Duck tickets are still available from Prince Bishops Shopping Centre and the Durham Students Union. They will also be sold in the city next weekend.
Spectators will also be able to enjoy Durham City’s traditional family Christmas festival next weekend (Dec 5th and 6th).
The weekend festival of traditional events and entertainment for all the family includes Santa’s grotto, brass bands, choirs, a live nativity with reindeers, children’s craft sessions, pony and trap rides, a static falconry display, stilt walkers, chestnut sellers, mulled wine, and a Christmas present craft and gift marquee on Palace Green.
For further information contact Alistair Baker on 0191-301-6851 or mobile 07711-793493.