Thousands attend popular Downham Market Water Festival

Downham Market Water Festival. Picture: Martin Hayes

Downham Market Water Festival. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Archant

It is one of the biggest festivals in the region - and this year's Downham Market Water Festival welcomed thousands of visitors.

Downham Market Water Festival. Picture: Martin Hayes

Downham Market Water Festival. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Archant

Now in its 11th year, Hythe Bridge was a hive of activity as families enjoyed the popular community event.

Fairground rides, 35 charity, craft and food stalls, and dance shows in the arena kept visitors entertained in between the main event - the Dragon Boat Challenge.

Last year's winners, Angels and Demons were unable to enter, but 11 teams took part in the race down the Great Ouse Relief Channel.

The winning team was Cirrhosis of the River, representing the East of England Ambulance Service.

The winning team, Cirrhosis of the River. Picture: Martin Hayes

The winning team, Cirrhosis of the River. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Martin Hayes


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Martin Hayes, Downham Market Town Council community development officer, said: 'It went really well and we had around 3,000 to 4,000 people. The dragon boats were well supported and the viewing areas on the river bank were packed.

'It is a popular event and it will be running next year.'

Second place went to the Britstar team. Picture: Martin Hayes

Second place went to the Britstar team. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Martin Hayes

The Mad Hatters (John Chambers Windows Ltd) came in third place. Picture: Martin Hayes

The Mad Hatters (John Chambers Windows Ltd) came in third place. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Martin Hayes

Teams racing in the final. Picture: Martin Hayes

Teams racing in the final. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Martin Hayes

Contestants boardinng and preparing for the race. Picture: Martin Hayes

Contestants boardinng and preparing for the race. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Martin Hayes

Cirrhosis celebrating their win. Picture: Martin Hayes

Cirrhosis celebrating their win. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Martin Hayes

The mayor Cllr Frank Daymond welcomes visitors to the water festival. Picture: Martin Hayes

The mayor Cllr Frank Daymond welcomes visitors to the water festival. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Martin Hayes

The mayor Cllr Frank Daymond welcomes visitors to the water festival. Picture: Martin Hayes

The mayor Cllr Frank Daymond welcomes visitors to the water festival. Picture: Martin Hayes - Credit: Martin Hayes

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