Have you seen Donald Duck?

THEY are off! The ducks are tipped in at the start of the race.
THEY are off! The ducks are tipped in at the start of the race.

Last Saturday’s Duck Race held by Portlethen & District Rotary Club on the River Cowie raised £1,300 with Aberdeen based CLAN becoming the major benefactor. The bright yellow numbered ducks were released and raced down the river to the capture point below the main road bridge just above Stonehaven tennis courts.

Thanks go from the Rotarians to the members of the Stonehaven and District Angling Club who helped to ensure that all of the ducks reached their destination.

Duck race tickets were sold between Easter and July in the foyers of Matalan and Makro at Portlethen. The first £100 prize this year went to G Jamieson from Rayden Park Road, Aberdeen. The 2nd prize of £50 went to Rotarian Bill Sproul from Newtonhill and 3rd Prize of £25 went to Gillian Laing from Cove.

From its beginnings in 1983 CLAN has increased its range of services to meet the needs of those affected by cancer, whether personally or as a carer or relative. CLAN now offer services in Aberdeen, Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Orkney and Shetland. Covering Stonehaven, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk, Johnshaven, St Cyrus, and surrounding areas, CLAN offers a local Stonehaven drop-in service, complementary therapies and a support group. For further information about any of these services please contact Anne Chalmers on 07754 329323.

Despite a slick operation carried out by the Rotarians to net the river below the bridge, they had to admit that one little yellow duck escaped and is now either halfway to Norway or high and dry on the Stonehaven shoreline at some point.

Local walkers are asked to keep an eye out for Little “Donald” who is very yellow and has a number written on his base. If found, contact Robbie Middleton on 01569 730852, who can also tell you more about the activities of Portlethen & District Rotary Club.