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Edinburgh: The Stockbridge Duck Race

In Edinburgh each year an event called The Stockbridge Duck Race is held in that most pleasant of north Edinburgh areas. For the 21st time this year, 2000 numbered plastic ducks will be launched from over the bridge at Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge into The Water of Leith. The ducks float/speed (depending on your fortune) past the Canonmills apartments along The Water of Leith, Edinburgh’s river, where my partner and I and our friends have stayed for my Birthday celebrations the past two years and this is what caught my eye.

All photographs are from here.

The race has it’s own Facebook group. You can find more details of the fun here.

Stockbridge Duck Race, Water of Leith, Stockbridge  -  June 29, 2008

The Water of Leith just outside the car park of where we stayed. Unfortunately there were no duckies out in the bracing November when we stayed.

Stockbridge Duck Race, Water of Leith, Stockbridge  -  June 29, 2008

Stockbridge Duck Race, Water of Leith, Stockbridge  -  June 29, 2008

The fun is all for a good cause of course. The little yellow ducks cost £1.50 each with the proceeds going to charity.

Along the way the ‘Water Wardens’ make sure that none of the little fellows get stuck!

Stockbridge Duck Race, Water of Leith, Stockbridge  -  June 29, 2008

Followed by a traditional celebration by the Water Wardens after a good day’s work done!

Stockbridge Duck Race, Water of Leith, Stockbridge  -  June 29, 2008

Here’s my tip for the winner for this year!

Or maybe this one…

The Stockbridge Duck Race is to be held on the 5th July, 2009. Please help this event and the extremely good causes that it supports.

June 13, 2009 - Posted by | Ripping Yarns | , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Aaaah, the duck race. The one in the last picture wouldn’t fit down the course I don’t think – but it might block the others from going anywhere ! Going to do an entry on this myself soon, but first the Moonwalk which is next weekend.

    Comment by Miss Edinburgh | June 13, 2009

  2. Are you actually taking part in the Moonwalk, Alison? That’s such a great event. Look forward to reading your Duck Race article. Love your site!

    Comment by Stuart | June 15, 2009

  3. No, I am volunteering as I have arthritis in my knees, so walking 26 miles aint going to help. Must get down to Stockaroo to buy my WINNING duck !!

    Comment by Miss Edinburgh | June 16, 2009

  4. Good for you for volunteering! You can’t possibly have the winning duck because I’M going to choose that one!

    Comment by Stuart | June 16, 2009

  5. Got your duck yet ? I’ve just put a post up about it along with the Stockbridge Sunday Market which is a new thing and looks excellent.

    Comment by Miss Edinburgh | June 29, 2009

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  7. Thank you, Miss Edinburgh, for your reference to Stockaroo, one of only a handful from my Google search. My father used to speak of Stockaroo for Stockbridge, but the term doesn’t seem to be used much these days — tho I might be wrong, living far away now. Any light you can throw on the use of the term? Hamish

    Comment by hamish | March 22, 2016


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