Delight as Outwell Festival makes splash

Organisers of the annual Outwell Festival have declared this year’s event a ‘splash’ hit.

Hundreds of people joined in the fun, which featured raft races and a dance on Saturday and a music festival on Sunday.

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And the village’s hall and playing field are set for a financial boost as a result of the money raised over the weekend.

Paul Brenchley, chairman of the organising village hall and playing field committee, said: “It was a very successful weekend.

“It’s the first year we have had the festival in this format and we’ll be looking to build on this success next year.”

It is not yet known how much the event raised, but the proceeds will go to the village hall and playing field.

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Ten teams took part in Saturday afternoon’s raft races for adults and children, held in conjunction with the Well Creek Trust. The adults’ event was won by the Cheer Leaders, a group of racers from the village.

And the children’s spoils went to Boats and Hoes, a group of Outwell youngsters.

The adults’ prize of £30 and the £20 children’s prize were donated by Outwell businesses the Crown Lodge, JR Stott and the Crown pub.

Race watchers were able to enjoy a barbecue and live music and, in the evening, there was a sell-out dance in the village hall attended by 120 people.

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The playing field hosted a music festival on Sunday and Mr Brenchley estimated between 800 and 1,000 people passed through the gates during the course of the afternoon.

It featured live bands and there were also a host of stalls and supporting attractions.

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