Hartlepool people will take to the water for raft race

One of the bands on stage at the Headland for the raft race.
One of the bands on stage at the Headland for the raft race.
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Town residents are being reminded they can enjoy a splashing good day this Bank Holiday weekend in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Carnival Raft Race and Fun Day will take place tomorrow, throughout the afternoon.

Teams from across the town will take to the water on their home-made crafts and battle it out to see who will be first to the finish line.

The day will also feature entertainment from five live bands on stage outside the Harbour of Refuge pub on the Town Wall from 1pm.

This year the line-up features Running on the Spot, The Fine Times, Charlie Campbell, The Halcyons and duo Paul and Claire.

And the event is being made even bigger this year with a new market and family fun day from 10am on the putting green just off the Town Square.

The raft race itself takes place on the Fish Sands at 3pm.

The winners will compete for the Harry Young Memorial trophy to be presented by the former Carnival King’s daughter Katrina Young.

The Raft Race is returning to the Fish Sands after being brought back after many years last year and proving to be a big hit.

A committee spokesman said: “We brought back the raft race last year and it was a runaway success. And the carnival as a whole was a resounding success. But we always try and make each year better than the last.”

Proceeds from the raft race event will go to Hartlepool Carnival and the Great North East Air Ambulance service.