When more than one and a half thousand plastic ducks can be spotted floating down the river it means only one thing - Windsor's midsummer fair.

This year's fair was run as usual by Windsor and Eton Rotary Club and boasted 55 stalls run by individual charity fund raisers.

But the ducks are always the biggest money makers. People have the opportunity to buy them to race down the river for weeks before the fair.

This year 1,440 individuals and 120 businesses bought the ducks and the river race began as usual at 4pm with a prize for the owner of the winning duck.

Usually the current carries the ducks along at quite a pace. But Rotarian Paul Bayley said: "This year it was so hot and calm they needed a bit of prodding from boats to start them off."

There were plenty of other attractions. The bandstand hosted a range of entertainment that included a brass band from Egham, an accordion group and a rock group.

The fair had a military feel to tie in with Armed Services Day with a visit from the Blues and Royals and the band of the Coldstream Guards.

Mr Bayley said: "There was a very good turn-out and if anything it was a little too hot. We ran out of beer."