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Last Updated: Monday July 31 2006 11:33 GMT

Rubber duck race in River Thames

Rubber ducks
The River Thames was turned into a carpet of yellow plastic on Sunday, as 20,000 rubber ducks were raced down the waterway in London.

The bath time toys, wearing sunglasses, were released at Battersea Park for the Great London Duck race.

But things didn't go to plan in the event, which raised cash for an old people's home, as a strong tide washed half the ducks off-course.

The winning duck, number 335, crossed the finish line in half an hour.

People could adopt the ducks for 10, and prizes included a luxury holiday to Egypt, and 4,000 worth of diamonds.

The organisers hope they've raised thousands of pounds for Nightingale House, a care home in Clapham, south-west London.

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