"The safety of the canoeists must come first": Bewdley Duck Race postponed over rising water levels
The annual duck race in Bewdley, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been postponed.
Organisers took the decision to call off the popular event this afternoon due to rising water levels on the River Severn.
It is hoped the race will now take place on Easter Monday instead of its original date and time of midday tomorrow.
Colin Hill, from the Kidderminster and District Lions Club, said the rising water levels made it unsafe for canoeists who pick the plastic ducks up half a mile down stream.
He added: "The safety of the canoeists must come first."
The event attracts more than 1,000 people. Money raised goes to the lions club, which then distributes the money out.