Hilgay Raft Race launched

Action from the Hilgay Raft Race
Beach Boys raft ANL-150607-075042009
Action from the Hilgay Raft Race Beach Boys raft ANL-150607-075042009

Charity fundraisers are putting out an appeal for fearless souls who are willing to castaway on the River Wissy.

Organiers of the popular Hilgay Raft Race are now seeking entries for this year’s event which will be held on Sunday, July 10.

More than a thousand people flocked to the river bank to watch and pelt flour as 15 crews battled it out in last year’s race.

People will be challenged this year to have a go at the inner tube swimming race.

This year’s event will be raising money for Nelson’s Journey and Sue Ryder.

The event is organised by Hilgay butcher Ali Dent and the Rotary Club of Downham.

Mr Dent said: “It’s Hilgay’s Flour Festival - self raising or plain!

“We are hoping for a really good response to this year’s event.

“It is a great day with lots for people to do and will be raising money for two very good chairities.”

Competitors will be encouraged to create their own rafts using a vareity of materials.

Mr Dent said: “People have a lot of fun making their own rafts.

“If you are lucky to get drop tanks, those are quite good but people have done quite well by strapping together a number of surf boards.”

Attractions also include the popular duck race. BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Wally Webb is expected to provide commentary on the day. Details and entry forms are available from Dent’s Butchers on 01366 387686 or from Howard Phillips, of the Downham Rotary Club, on 01945 430880.