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Peterborough river charity duck race may not go ahead due to flood warnings

Following unprecedented heavy rain fall, a charity duck race has had to be cancelled as event organisers fear that the banks of the Cambridgeshire river where it takes place could burst.

The Environment Agency told organisers that the River Nene in Peterborough is currently too dangerous for the race, which sees hundreds of plastic ducks race down the river.

A spokesman from the Environment Agency said: “The river around the Town Bridge area has not breached its banks, but is very full.”

He also said that the fast-flowing water would make the charity race too dangerous.

The mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Paula Thacker, had arranged the charity event to raise money for Kidney Research UK and the Royal British Legion’s women’s section.

Marie Skells, from the mayor’s charity committee, stated that she had been in close contact with the Environment Agency in the weeks before the race was set to take place.

“There were obvious concerns because of the incredible amount of rain we have had,” she said.

“But there are specific concerns, including the safety of the local sea cadets who are tasked with scooping the ducks out of the water at the end of the race.”

Organisers hope that the race will be able to take place towards the end of May.

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