December 6 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Thousands of people flocked to Sheringham promenade today to watch the town raft race which traditionally marks the end of Sheringham Carnival.
The event, which was postponed on August 25 because of bad weather, had the most number of entries after it was resurrected in the town three years ago.
Competitors battled it out over a half mile course and this year one of teams won a Brian Pegg Memorial Cup for service.
Mr Pegg was a former coxswain for Sheringham lifeboat and died this year aged 81.
Graham Deans, raft race organiser, said: “It is brilliant. There are thousands of people lining the promenade. You don’t get that amount of people on a normal Sunday. It is a great success.
“The race keeps the town vibrant. There is always something going on in the town at the weekend at that is how we like it.”
This year’s race saw 10 competitors and vessels ranged from an adapted surfboard to a gondola.
Teams came from the Lobster Pub; the Crown Inn; the Windham Arms; the Dunstable Arms; Sheringham Play Park Revamp Project; Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard; and Sheringham RNLI.
Individual racers were Becky Robinson, from Sheringham, who was on the surfboard and came second, and John Rumsby and Darren Smith from Bodham who were in a gondola and came third.
The winners were the Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard, based in Bacton, who also won the Brian Pegg Memorial Cup.
Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard deputy station officer Dave Ratcliffe, from Bacton, said: “ We feel chuffed. The atmosphere has been brilliant. We are quite surprised how many people are here. We will definitely take part again.”
Another competitor, Lee Edwards, 27, from Pegg Road, Sheringham, said: “It brings the community together and it is great for tourism in the town which we need in the current climate.”
He raced for the Dunstable Arms team on a raft made of oil drums, three wooden planks and rope.
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