A DUCK race in Bridge of Allan raised more than £5,000 for charity and the lucky winners have now received their prizes too.

The Rotary Club of Bridge of Allan and Dunblane organised the annual race as part of the Dunblane Fling at the end of last month.

They sold some 4,200 ducks, which all dashed down the Allanwater and the collection was further boosted by the sale of bouncy castle tickets and crepes.

Proceeds from the race are going to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) and Childline.

The owners of the 20 strongest swimmers altogether received a tablet, four generous food hampers, a framed picture, cash, steak pies as well as a number of vouchers for meals and other services, all donated by local providers.

Some of the winners were recently at the Westlands Hotel to collect their prizes from local Rotary president George Morrison and chair of community services Stuart Brown.

Mr Morrison said: “Not everyone can be a winner, but the financial proceeds from the sale of ducks and the other Rotary efforts at the Fling means that we are able to help these two wonderful organisations to continue with their valuable work.

“In that way, everyone who bought a duck, or a crêpe, can feel that they have made a worthwhile contribution to that work. We look forward to an even larger launch of ducks next year.”