More than 50 businesses sponsored quacking competitors in the Chester Duck Race, with each company taking the time to dress the ducks in all manner of costumes.
The event provided a boost of more than £12,500 for the Babygrow Appeal at the Countess of Chester Hospital with the aim of raising £3 million to build a new neonatal unit to provide better facilities and a more spacious environment for patients and their families.
After setting off from the Queen's Park Suspension Bridge, the bobbing ducks raced their way down the river. Once the big ducks had crossed the finishing line, another race was held with thousands of yellow, pink and blue baby ducks bobbing down the River Dee.
Halliwell Jones Chester sponsored the corporate duck race with Burwardsley-based Successfactory providing the prizes. Healthcare Staff Benefits sponsored the prizes in the baby duck race.
Corporate race winner was Beaverbrooks the Jewellers whose duck narrowly beat Bar Lounge’s entry into second.
The winner of the best dressed duck – which was voted for by the public on Facebook – went to Costco as Kimberley Fletcher, a staff member, spent more than 40 hours sticking more than 8,000 sequins on by hand.
Families watching from the riverside were able to enjoy lots of fun activities including quizzes, children's colouring competitions and more.
Staff of main event sponsor Halliwell Jones also took along a specially decorated car called their Duckmobile.
Lesley Woodhead, Countess corporate and fundraising events manager, said: “We were really pleased with how the day went and the opportunity it gave us to raise the profile of the Babygrow Appeal as well as raising a considerable amount at the same time.
“We are indebted to all the companies that sponsored ducks and provided prizes, everybody who bought a duck in the baby duck race and of course we must acknowledge our army of willing volunteers. Without their help we couldn’t put on this type of event.”