Popular Raft Race to return to Hartlepool

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A COLOURFUL collection of rafts will be racing at sea when a popular annual event returns later this year.

The raft race took pride of place on the Headland for a number of years and was organised by the RNLI and held on Block Sands during the Headland Carnival week.

The quirky event always pulled in a lot of contestants and big crowds as people made up their own crafts before taking it to race at the Headland on the big day.

The event unfortunately came to an end, but has since returned on a number of occasions for one-off races. It was last held in 2007.

This year the Headland Carnival committee has decided it’s time for the raft race to make a grand return.

Natalie Hogg, a member of the committee, said: “We have been asking people on our Facebook page what they would like to see as part of the carnival and the raft race is one of them that is mentioned again and again.

“So many people have so many good memories of the event, a lot of people still have their rafts.”

The race will be held on the day it has traditionally always taken place, the day after the carnival parade, which falls on Sunday, August 10, this year.

She said: “What we want to do is make the carnival bigger and better and we think the raft race will certainly play a part in that.

“I’m sure we’ll get a lot of entrants and big crowds and it will cap off a fantastic carnival weekend.”

More information about how to enter the event will be released in the coming weeks.

For more details about any carnival events or to get involved with the committee email hartlepoolcarnival@hotmail.co.uk.

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