Sheringham raft race attracts thousands

Colourful fancy dressed locals braved the waves and lined up for Sheringham Carnival’s annual raft race. Mermaids, Spartans and leprechauns entertained a record breaking crowd, as thousands of visitors arrived from across Norfolk.

An array of home-made rafts decorated the shoreline to the delight of volunteers and organizers, after the race was postponed on August 31 due to bad weather.

Competition was relentless, with one team opting to compete the course twice to give all their team a chance to have a go.

“We have had a fantastic turn out,” said carnival chairman Stuart McClean, who marshalled proceedings “I’m overjoyed with the amount of people who’ve made the effort to turn up, this has equaled last years event, if not surpassed it”

This year’s winning team was from The Lobster pub in Sheringham, who promised they would be back next year to defend their title.

The best-dressed team Sheringham Play Park revamp group who were dressed as mermaids ánd best raft went to Kevin Webb and Tom Codling from the Windham Arms pub.

A special emergency services award went to Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard who finished first but were not included in the main race due to their specialist raft.

Sheringham Primary School teacher Becky Robinson who, dressed as a mermaid, tested the waters with her humble rubber-ring raft, proving it was also about having fun.

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