Ten teams take to the river for Outwell’s annual Raft Race

Outwell Festival Raft Race. Picture: Steve Williams.

Outwell Festival Raft Race. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Flour, eggs and water balloons were hurled through the air as teams of soggy but determined racers were welcomed across the line at the Outwell Raft Race.

Ten teams turned out on home-made rafts on Saturday May 29, and battled for victory along the River Nene – all whilst being pelted with eggs and flour.

All ten teams completed the race – albeit with a few teams taking a dip in the water - with Outwell Crown 69ers – dressed as cheerleaders – taking the adult crown and winning £30, while the ‘Boats and Hoes’ team sealed first place in the junior race and pocketed £20.

Hundreds of on-lookers lined the banks of the river to take in the race, and organiser, Paul Smith, said it was an excellent day.

“There was a massive turn-out,” he said. “There were hundreds, if not thousands watching.

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“We had record numbers attending, so it was great.”

The race was followed by the first ever Outwell Festival a day later.

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Local bands took to the stage throughout the day, with punk band Knock-Off headlining the bill.

Mr Smith said the festival was a huge success, and will return next year.

He said: “The format of the day was a success. We took £1,200 on the gate, so we’ll look to continue it next year on the same Bank Holiday weekend.”

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