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1,000 rubber ducks set for River Lagan Quacky Race

Christmas play tickets up for grabs in fun-filled Duck Derby

Rubber ducks are usually found in the bath – but not this Sunday, when 1,000 of the little yellow creatures will course down the River Lagan in the ultimate Quacky Race, writes Amanda Ferguson.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with the Mac arts venue to give our readers the chance to win tickets for its hilarious Christmas play HATCH! Adventures Of The Ugly Duck.

This laugh-out-loud singalong show, which is directed by Patrick J O'Reilly, is an adaptation of the well-known story of The Ugly Duckling.

The Duck Derby will start at 11am on December 1 at the Waterfront Hall and end at Queen's Bridge. To register a duck in your name all you have to do is sign up via the Belfast Telegraph website.

If your duck is one of the first 15 to cross the finish line you will win a family ticket worth £46 for HATCH!, plus a packed Lidl Christmas hamper worth more than £100.

Gillian Mitchell, director of programmes at the Mac, said: "Our team in the Mac have been excited by the prospect of HATCH! Adventures Of The Ugly Duck since we confirmed it as our Christmas production back in May of this year.

"It is really is the ideal Christmas or New Year night out for all the family. The announcement of our up and coming Duck Derby has added to the excitement surrounding the show, which has been building for some time.

"We would encourage families to register their ducks via the Belfast Telegraph and then join us at the Lagan on December 1 to cheer them on."

Meanwhile, Lucia Christy, a project manager at Lidl NI, said the company was delighted to be backing the unique event.

"These 1,000 ducks floating down the Lagan will create quite a spectacle, and we hope families register for their ducks soon and get down to support them on the day," she added.

FACTFILE

Register a duck HERE

Simply print your registration email to pick up your prize on the day if your duck floats to victory.

In case you can't make it down on the day, the top 15 ducks' numbers will be announced online and an email will be sent to you if you're a winner.

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