Time to mess about on the River Welland

The Rotaryettes take to the water at last year's raft race.
The Rotaryettes take to the water at last year's raft race.
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Rafters of all ages will be messing around on the water on Sunday thanks to the annual Deepings Raft Race.

The event kicks off at 11am with, racing starting from noon with the under 16s race.

Races continue throughout the afternoon with the trophy presentation scheduled to take place at about 4pm.

The theme for this year is Hawaiian beach party, so people are encouraged (but not forced!) to don their grass skirts and leis and join in the fun.

So far there are 26 teams registered and there’s still time to get involved with entries being taken up to and on the day.

The categories this year are under 16s race, main race, fun race, ladies race and pub race.

Eight of the raft teams are raising sponsorship either for the fund to continue the raft race or for their own chosen charity.

So far 16 rafts have entered the fun race and there will be seven in the main race.

More entries are urgently needed for the pub race, which has just two competitors so far and the ladies race, which just one entry.

Raft Race chairman Kevin Barber said: “We are also struggling for under 16s so if anyone can encourage some junior teams that would be great.

“So far 14 of the raft entries are new to the event and 12 are old hands, so it’s all lining up to be a great day.”

The Iron Horse Ranch House in Market Gate is hosting a raft race party weekend, kicking off at 7pm on Friday night.

The fun continues over the weekend between 2pm and 11pm on Saturday and noon and 9pm on Sunday.

There will be food and live music on offer and admission is free.

To find out more about the raft race or to download an entry form, a trade stand form or a sponsorship form, visit ww.deepingsraftrace.co.uk and click the links.

The race’s main sponsor this year is the Boundary Fish and Chip Shop and River Restaurant.