THE Queen had a barge when she took to the waters of the Thames on Sunday but at Outwell the craft were not quite so majestic.
In fact there was every kind of home made craft you could think of including an old bath tub for a special Diamond Jubilee raft race along Well Creek on Saturday.
A total of nine vessels propelled by their own hardy crews attempted to complete the three-quarters of a mile course cheered on by hundreds of spectators along the river banks.
Seven managed to complete the race, with one crew having to swim part of the course after their raft sank. All the participants were from the Outwell and Upwell areas and all had constructed their own vessels in an attempt to win the race.
Paul Smith known as Postie, one of the event’s organisers, was delighted with the success of the day and said the gala on Monday at the Playing Field, which included children’s races was also well supported.
In fact organisers are so pleased with the way the weekend’s celebrations have gone they are now thinking of staging a two-day ‘Big Weekend’ next summer, with the raft race on one day and gala the next day