A TOURIST attraction is set to host its second international cross-border duck race.

The Canal & River Trust charity will be hosting the event across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on Sunday, October 7.

The event, jointly organised by Wrexham Council, is free but competitors are invited to make a donation to the well-being and waterways charity.

Competitors do not need to register in advance but simply arrive at Chirk Basin on the day of the race from 10.30am and register their name against a duck number.

Trust mascot Vinnie the Vole will wave off the duck race at 11.15am from the Welsh side of the aqueduct and join spectators in cheering on the ducks.

The first international duck race hosted by the canal took place last October, where a crowd of more than 300 people watched as 100 ducks raced across the 710ft tall bridge.

Ani Sutton, Canal & River Trust Development Manager, said: “Last year’s duck race was a great success.

“More than 150 people attended, and this year we hope there will be even more.

“It’s a fabulous way to showcase Chirk Aqueduct which is part of the wonderful Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site.

First prize for the winner is a family ticket to Chirk Castle. Parking at Chirk Basin is limited so visitors are asked to walk or cycle to the site and use the event as an opportunity to explore the wider World Heritage Site.

For more information about visiting the Llangollen Canal or how to volunteer or donate to the Canal & River Trust, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk or call the customer services team on 0303 040 4040.