Leatherhead's famous duck race went swimmingly last Sunday (June 9) with hundreds gathering for the event.

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) said that hundreds of people descended on the Surrey town for the much-loved community event last weekend.

Helped on by some spectacularly sunny weather, they together raised thousands for charitable causes in the area (see below).

The duck races took centre stage, with a total of eight — all sponsored by local businesses — tote races taking place including, for the first time, a pub-themed race which was won by the duck owned by The Kings Arms in Dorking.

The hugely popular family-friendly gathering was organised by Surrey Hills Community Radio, The Swan Centre and Mole Valley District Council.

Sunday's event also saw the Show Choir adding a musical atmosphere to proceedings, plus a BBQ organised by the Running Horse pub, a model railway and a number of organisations’ stalls and storytelling set up on the river bank.

The day culminated in the mass duck race, with crowds gathered to excitedly cheer on their sponsored ducks.

MVDC said that the mass duck race winners would be announced in due course, with local businesses donating the prizes.

Approximately £4,000 was raised towards future Leatherhead town centre events and local charities, according to the district council.

"It was fantastic to see so many residents from all over the district, including a great many young children, enjoying themselves at this always popular annual event," MVDC Councillor David Draper, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said.

"The crowds fully entered into the spirit of the day and there was much on offer for all ages to enjoy," he added.

Cllr Draper also expressed his thanks to all the community-based organizations who helped put on the event.

"I’d like to take the opportunity to thank sponsor Carter Jonas and the tremendous work undertaken on, and in the lead up to, the day by numerous volunteers to help deliver the event including: Surrey Hills Community Radio including river bank and bridge marshals, Surrey Search & Rescue, St John Ambulance and cadets, the Show Choir, and Surrey Society of Model Engineers," he said.