Crews getting ready for Hartlepool raft race revelry

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. [WINNERS OF RAFT RACE 2016 'S.S.(SH)ANNE ] PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE
NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. [WINNERS OF RAFT RACE 2016 'S.S.(SH)ANNE ] PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE

Fun-loving folk will take to the sea this weekend for the return of Hartlepool Carnival’s popular raft race.

Ten teams will hope to stay afloat on their home-made craft as they battle to lift the coveted trophy on Sunday.

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE

They will be cheered on by scores of supporters and spectators from the shore where entertainment will be provided for all ages, including a great line-up of live music.

The event is being run by Hartlepool Carnival committee and The Pot House pub.

A carnival spokesman said: “We are looking forward to another successful event.

“As well as the raft race there will be live music, children’s rides and food stalls.

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE

“We would encourage people to come down and support the event and have a good time.”

The race starts at 2pm but the entertainment will be on outside The Pot House from 1pm to 6pm.

An outdoor stage for the bands will be set up on Croft Terrace.

The line-up includes The Finetimes, Preacher, Stroke the Globe, Be Bop & Lula, and The Kent Collective.

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE

Last year, hundreds of people turned out for the event. Raft team SS (SH)ANNE comprised of a group of mates from the Headland lifted the trophy which was presented by the Mayor of Hartlepool.

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE

NPHM HARTLEPOOL RAFT RACE 2016 - FISH SANDS , HEADLAND. PICTURES BY JOE SPENCE