Sherduck Holmes, Ziggy Starduck and Captain Quack Sparrow were just some of the competitors to take to the water and battle for supremacy in the annual Harry’s Duck Race.

The event, in memory of a four-year-old Wrexham boy, Harry Jones, who died in his sleep in 2004, was held at Pontblyddyn Cricket Club to raise funds for Hope House Children’s Hospices.

Julia Jones, Harry’s mum, says the family has organised a duck race in memory of her son and to raise funds for Hope House every year since Harry’s tragic and unexpected death and she is delighted the event raised almost £6,000.

Julia, her husband Jeff, Harry’s twin brother Charlie and other brother Sam were all on hand to start the races along with the mayor of Wrexham, Rob Walsh, who also judged the best dressed ducks in each category.

He said: “It’s such a wonderful event. It’s the second year I’ve been here to judge the ducks. Everyone who has taken part is to be congratulated, the ducks are wonderful.

“But we have to say a huge thank you to Julia, Jeff and family for all their efforts and support to Hope House Children’s Hospices. Harry’s death was a terrible tragedy but the amount of money Julia and Jeff have raised for Hope House in their son’s name is incredible.

“The effort they have put into their fundraising is testament to what wonderful caring people they are. And Hope House is such a good charity that does incredible work with children and families when they need help the most.”

Hope House Children’s Hospices head of fundraising Alison Marsh said: “This year the amount raised is above last year’s total with some money still coming in.

“More than 1,000 small ducks were sold and over 100 large ducks which companies and individuals painted and decorated in their own styles.

“The trouble people have gone to decorating, painting and customising their ducks is incredible, it’s really helped make it a fun event.

“People have really taken the event to heart and many have travelled from across the region and beyond to support the event which is amazing. People are already planning their ducks for next year which is fantastic too.”