Tommy Edison and the Manchester Duck Race

Meet Tommy Edison, the Wilson Gunn duck. He’s all dressed up for his first Manchester Duck Race this Good Friday, April 18, where he’s hoping you’ll join him.

Tommy Edison the Wilson Gunn entry to the Manchester Duck Race

Tommy Edison’s great great grandfather, Thomas Edison invented the first commercially practical light bulb, which was granted a patent back in 1880. Our duck translators tell us that Tommy quacked, “It’s an honour to be representing patent and trade mark attorneys, Wilson Gunn, in the fifth annual Manchester duck race, especially as they celebrate their 150th anniversary this year. What a way to celebrate!”

The annual duck race is held every year on the Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester and is a great day of activities for the whole family.

Supporting the charity Brainwave

This event is in aid of the fantastic charity Brainwave, helping children with disabilities and development delay to achieve their full potential. That potential may be anything from helping a child to walk or ride a bike to recognising colours or writing their name.

A day full of activities for the whole family

The day will start at 11am when families can enjoy a craft tent, bouncy castle, giant slide, hook-a-duck and a cups and saucers ride. There will be numerous restaurants on site plus catering vans selling candy floss, ice cream and hot food. Adults can also enjoy cocktails from Bitter Twisted mobile bar who will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to Brainwave.

Race starts at 2pm on Left Bank, Spinningfields

The first duck race starts at 2pm and will see thousands of people line the riverbank to cheer on the competing ducks. Race one is for the family duck race, where hundreds of £1 sponsored ducks will be poured into the river to race to the finish line. The second race is the corporate duck race, where our own Tommy Edison will be competing.

The great news is that this event is free to attend and after the race there will be a special screening of The Mighty Ducks on Spinningfields big outdoor screen at The Lawns at 3pm. You can still sponsor a family duck for £1 by clicking here

We hope to see you there for a quacking day out!

Tommy’s makeover

Picture of the Wilson Gunn duck, Tommy Edison before his makeover Picture of the Wilson Gunn duck spray painted blue

Picture of the Wilson Gunn duck looking very relieved that the spray paint worked Picture of the Wilson Gunn duck looking very daper, fully dressed in bow tie, glasses and light bulb

Wilson Gunn