Duck festival fun at Ballater

The duck race will take place on the River Dee.
The duck race will take place on the River Dee.

Villagers in Ballater are to hold a fun event as they continue to put the memories of devastating flooding behind them.

Ballater Duck Festival is on Sunday, May 22, and organisers are predicting it will be a great day out for the family.

The organising team have been working on the event since January and a spokesman said: “2015 was not a good year for Ballater, so we want to show the world that we’re back in business.

“We’ve had enthusiastic support from the Rotary and local businesses. It’s going to be a great day, everyone is welcome.”

Activities start at 11am with an ecumenical church service in Glenmuick Church on the Green where around 40 stalls will also be set-up selling home-bakes, jewellery, handbags and purses, cushions, crafts, gifts and many more items.

The Ballater and District Pipe Band will start playing in front of the church at noon and there will also be plenty activities to keep the youngsters entertained such as a mega-bouncy castle, pony rides, merry-go-round and a storyteller.

The local butcher will have a hog roast and burger stall on the Green, and most of the cafes, restaurants,

bars, hotels and chip shop in Ballater will also be open.

The fun day culminates in a giant inflatable Duck Race on the River Dee at 3pm followed by the presentation of the ‘Quack Quaich’ to the winning duck consortium at about 4pm.

The Rotary are running a tote on the duck race all day and visitors are being invited to have a flutter.