Raft race makes a splash

The winning crew David Frank, Mark Craggs, Paul Craggs,  Colin Simmonds, Jaxon Simmonds, Stephen Flounders. Picture courtesy of Michael Gant of Rainbow Photography
The winning crew David Frank, Mark Craggs, Paul Craggs, Colin Simmonds, Jaxon Simmonds, Stephen Flounders. Picture courtesy of Michael Gant of Rainbow Photography

THE final Headland Carnival event went off with a splash as hundreds of visitors enjoyed the fun.

The Headland Carnival Raft Race proved to be a hit with more than 1,000 visitors at The Fish Sands, Hartlepool, and left organisers delighted with the success.

It is the first time the race has been held since 2007 and saw around 10 entrants vying for the £100 top prize.

There was also live music from five bands and fair rides to keep people or all ages entertained.

The event was held opposite the Harbour of Refuge (Pot House) pub and organisers say it has been a memorable ending to the carnival.

The event was due to be held on the last day of the carnival last month, but it was postponed due to bad weather.

But this time around the sun shone and the event proved to be a huge success.

Michael Gant, a member of the Headland Carnival Committee which organised the event, said: “It has been fantastic and the weather has been brilliant.

“I haven’t seen so many people here for a long time.

“There was a massive roar when the two frontrunners came in at the end.

“It has been a brilliant end to the carnival activities that have gone very well. There is a big thank you to everyone who has contributed.”

And as well as the Raft Race attractions included children’s rides, tombola, and an RNLI stall.

Music came from The Mad Hatters, Sean Mac, Audio Fire, The Little Details and Halycons.