SOAKING: It’s a paddling frenzy for the boaters with rafters Pictures: Kevin Elfleet

RAFTS were bombarded with eggs, flour, tomato sauce, salad cream and lots of other gunk at the Outwell Festival weekend.

Seven rafts entered with junior raft, Pirates of the Creek – Burt Day, Lewis Jup, Karl Harris and Luke Grange – winning both the best-presented and the junior race.

The adult race was won by Charities of Fire – Ali Comben, Mark Rust, Adam Bell and Todd Shales – the fourth time in succession they have won, donating their £30 prize money plus an extra £20 to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The winners of the best-presented raft was Jest, – Jason Norman, Edward Lake, Stuart Knott and Tony Harnwell.

Hundreds turned out to give the race its biggest crowd to date. Organiser Paul Smith said: “All our local business have reported a big increase in takings during the day, making it a very successful day for everybody.”

JR Stott’s, Ali Kebab, The Crown Pub and Outwell post office donated funds towards the prize money for the races. Azimuth, Skarma, 4th Labrynth, Big Phil and the Heartbreakers, the Hydro Bats, young singer/guitarist, Abbie Miller, Animal Bar and Pretty Aces wowed the music festival.

A crowd of more than 1,000 flooded the bar, barbecue and attractions. Mr Smith added: “For a village event organised and put on by a small committee with a few willing and press-ganged volunteers we couldn’t have asked for more. We may not be competing with Glastonbury, but we can sure as hell put on a damned good event.”

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