Hilgay Raft Race postponed as field completely waterlogged

The field in Hilgay, which is the location for the Raft Race is flooded, with the event having to be

The field in Hilgay, which is the location for the Raft Race is flooded, with the event having to be postponed till the 21st August 2016 - From left, Howard Phillips, Ali Dent and Ray Starling in the flooded field. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Take part in a raft race and you expect to get wet - but the organisers of a west Norfolk event have been forced to postpone theirs because the field for the stalls is completely waterlogged.

The field in Hilgay, which is the location for the Raft Race is flooded, with the event having to be

The field in Hilgay, which is the location for the Raft Race is flooded, with the event having to be postponed till the 21st August 2016 - Ali Dent in the flooded field. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Rather than on Sunday, Hilgay's annual raft race will now take place on August 21 to allow time for the grass next to the River Wissey to dry out.

Howard Phillips, from the organisers Downham Market Rotary Club, said: 'The bad weather of late combined with the high river levels means we simply couldn't hold the event this week. So we have a new date – August 21 – and we're hoping the field for the stalls and activities will be much drier by then.'

A key fundraiser every year in the area, rafters are getting set to once again race along the River Wissey in their homemade rafts for charity.

This year's event is in aid of the Norfolk-based children's bereavement charity Nelson's Journey as well as Sue Ryder.

The fun will begin in Hilgay, near Downham Market, from 1pm.

Other highlights include the duck race and an inner tube swimming race.

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The banks of the River Wissey will be packed with food and refreshment stalls on the afternoon.

Entry will be £1; concessions and under 12s are free.

Further information and race entry forms are available from Dent's Butchers in Hilgay. Call 01366 387686.

Are you organising a summer fundraising event? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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