Deepings Raft Race goes to the movies

Deepings Rugby Club members helping to get rafts round the lock last year.
Deepings Rugby Club members helping to get rafts round the lock last year.
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Deepings Raft Race is going to the movies as its theme for this year’s event on Sunday.

Teams traditionally get dressed up in wild and wacky costume for the race on the River Welland, and this year’s theme gives participants plenty of scope for brilliant ideas for both themselves and their rafts.

Rafts will set off for the start line on the river behind the Waterton Arms pub in Deeping St James from 11am.

The race runs from Deeping St James to Market Deeping.

Teams are taking part from local youth groups, sports club, charities and other organisations, and more than 30 have entered so far.

Last year, the event raised more than £6,000 for Dementia Support South Lincolnshire, which received £4,000, and the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James, which was given £2,000.

There were also smaller donations to Market Deeping Air Cadets and Deepings Rugby Club, both of which helped out at last year’s race.

The day also features displays of classic cars and bikes, a funfair, music and dance demonstrations, two bus bars and fancy dress contests.

This year’s charities are the Deepings Community Centre and the charity MECP2 Duplication UK, which helps those born with a rare disorder.