The third international duck race event took place in Chirk last month.

Families turned out in numbers, despite the rain, to watch their ducks race across the aqueduct in the event organised by the Canal and River Trust, the event is the third of its kind, with ducks racing from the Welsh side of the border, across to the English side.

Mascot Vinnie the Vole was on hand to kick off proceedings, before the ducks were guided across the famous 70-foot high structure.

Ani Sutton, community engagement manager at the Canal and River Trust, was pleased to see the event go so well again this year.

“It was another great event this year,” she said.

“Some people came along who had been to the two previous duck races we hosted in Chirk, and they were saying how nice it is to see this event becoming a regular fixture.

“The three winners took home goodie bags which were very World Heritage Site-themed, particularly with it being the 10th year since the site became a World Heritage Site.”

Ani believes events to promote the site are vital to ensure people know what is on offer on their doorstep.

She added: “The trust works closely with Wrexham County Borough Council to make this event happen.

“We really want everyone to enjoy the site – there are 11 miles in total, and Chirk is a very important part of that stretch.

“We like to organise some light-hearted events people can enjoy, while promoting the trust and raising awareness of what work we do to preserve the site.”