UPDATED: 300 duck race entries on road drive motorists quackers in Llanellen

UPDATED: 300 duck race entries on road drive motorists quackers in Llanellen

One of the ducks on the road

Tony Pugh re-loads the ducks

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AROUND 300 ducks were strewn across the A4042 at Llanellen, near Abergavenny, this morning.

Traffic had to slow down to avoid them on a quarter of a mile stretch between Llanellen bridge and the southern end of the village after the boat trailer which was carrying them opened.


The plastic ducks were on their way to the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canal Trust' annual duck race in Llangynidr when they fell across the road.


Tony Pugh, 69, a volunteer for the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canal Trust, who was transporting the ducks, said: "The ducks were in the boat trailer attached to the Land Rover. The back somehow got open and 300 of them scattered half a mile down the road.


"I've had to collect them in the pouring rain as they need to be released for the duck race in Llangynidr for 2pm today. Two police officers came to help - to be fair they didn't laugh.


“I can laugh now but earlier I had to run down the road kicking the ducks to the side and then collecting them.”


He added: "It's been an eventful morning. About 2,000 ducks are going to be thrown into the canal and will have to pulled out later.


"It took about an hour to clear all the ducks, a few went over the fence into the field. A car pulled up and a child nicked a few so we've lost some ducks."


The annual duck race is in aid of the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canal Trust to fund the restoration of the canal.


A Gwent Police Spokesman said: "There were 100 ducks on the carriageway. Highways have been made aware and the ducks were cleared at 10.40am.
"There was minor disruption with traffic slowing down."

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11:03am Mon 25 Aug 14

Mr Bump. says...

That's quackers.
That's quackers. Mr Bump.
  • Score: 1

11:04am Mon 25 Aug 14

Mr Bump. says...

Who's going to pick up the bill for this?
Who's going to pick up the bill for this? Mr Bump.
  • Score: 11

11:05am Mon 25 Aug 14

Mr Bump. says...

Ruddy Hell!
Ruddy Hell! Mr Bump.
  • Score: 2

11:48am Mon 25 Aug 14

disgruntled taxpayer says...

The Sing Lee Chinese Takeaway , Abergavenny are doing a Special Offer On Shredded Duck !!!
The Sing Lee Chinese Takeaway , Abergavenny are doing a Special Offer On Shredded Duck !!! disgruntled taxpayer
  • Score: 11

1:07pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Mr Bump. says...

disgruntled taxpayer wrote:
The Sing Lee Chinese Takeaway , Abergavenny are doing a Special Offer On Shredded Duck !!!
That's a bit lame.
[quote][p][bold]disgruntled taxpayer[/bold] wrote: The Sing Lee Chinese Takeaway , Abergavenny are doing a Special Offer On Shredded Duck !!![/p][/quote]That's a bit lame. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -4

3:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

davidcp says...

Duck me!!
Duck me!! davidcp
  • Score: 0

9:30pm Tue 26 Aug 14

DGee123 says...

This quacked me up...
This quacked me up... DGee123
  • Score: 0

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