WATCH: Hundreds turn out for Hartlepool Raft Race

More than 1,000 people turned out to watch a raft race in Hartlepool.

 The 1st Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade came out on top in yesterday’s Hartlepool Carnival Raft Race.

The winners of the race were the Boys' Brigade team.

The winners of the race were the Boys' Brigade team.

The traditional race, which returned last year after an eight-year break, took place at Fish Sands, off Town Wall.

The events saw teams - dressed as everything from soldiers to Minions and ducks to ghouls - take their home-made craft on to the water in a race.

Boys’ Brigade team member Johnny Bates, 32, from The Headland, said: “We won last year as well, so it feels great to defend our title.

“We all wore black armbands in memory of Keith Faint, one of our officers who passed away recently.

We’re knackered but elated that we won, and we’re proud that we did it for Keith.

Johnny Bates, winning team

“We’re shattered but elated that we won, and we’re proud that we did it for Keith.”

The event also included performances from local bands and carnival rides.

One of the organisers, Michael Gant, said: “When I first joined the carnival committee this is the one event that I was desperate to bring back, and the turnout proves how popular it is. I think it’s firmly back on Hartlepool’s calendar now.”

The Boys’ Brigade team claimed the Harry Young Memorial Trophy, which was presented to them by the former Carnival King’s daughter Katrina Young.

Hartlepool RNLI all weather boat at the raft race.

Hartlepool RNLI all weather boat at the raft race.

Proceeds from the event went to Hartlepool Carnival and the Great North East Air Ambulance service.

Some of the Minnions team in action.

Some of the Minnions team in action.

The Minions team head out sea during the race.

The Minions team head out sea during the race.

Some of the crowd at the Raft Race event.

Some of the crowd at the Raft Race event.