The Manchester Duck Race has become an Easter institution in the city, and has some out-of-this world celebrity fans, including Tim Peake himself! Tim tweeted the organisers following last year’s race to express his support, and shared a picture of his ducky doppleganger, Tim Beake.
— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) April 14, 2017
So, when Tim’s spacecraft and space suit landed here at the Museum of Science and Industry a few weeks ahead of this year’s race, we wanted to invite Tim Beake to see his famous namesake’s amazing objects.
Here he is admiring the Soyuz spacecraft that Tim Peake sat in during his journey to and from the International Space Station:
And here he is wondering if he could fit inside Tim’s Sokol (Russian for “Falcon”) space suit, which has gone on display to the public for the first time ever, following its acquisition by the Science Museum Group:
And you might think that ducks only quack, but this one tweets as well:
“Eh..Houston….the duck looks beautiful!” (to misquote another famous astronaut)! This has been an amazing journey for all of us at The Manchester Duck Race! https://t.co/vy9ETuBG3Q
— Manchester Duck Race (@mcrduckrace) March 14, 2018
It was huge fun having Tim Beake visit the museum—but it’s for a serious cause. All money raised by the Manchester Duck Race supports Brainwave, a charity that exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies.
The Duck Race takes place on the River Irwell on Good Friday, 30 March, at 11.00. Head to their website to find out about all the ways you can help.