Mess­ing around on the canal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weekend of fun -

It was a day for mess­ing about on the river when con­tes­tants took to their rafts for a com­pe­ti­tion.

The Bon­ning­ton raft race on Sun­day saw men, women and chil­dren demon­strate their boat­build­ing skills and prow­ess on the wa­ter.

In to­tal 16 rafts wended their way along the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal on the 500-me­tre course in the bi-an­nual chal­lenge. The Wet Beavers team came up with a craft that re­sem­bled a gi­ant wheel, which was pro­pelled by foot and slowly inched its way along the wa­ter.

The imag­i­na­tive raft claimed the best fancy dress prize, but top hon­ours and the out­stand­ing raft of the com­pe­ti­tion went to the Tip of the Ice­bergs crew, with Jamie Philpot at the helm.

This Arc­tic-themed ves­sel was made with a lit­tle help from the Mc­Quil­lan fam­ily of Ald­ing­ton.

At­trac­tions at the event in­cluded per­for­mances by the East Kent Pip­ing So­ci­ety, who played pipes and drums, a raf­fle and home­made cakes baked by Colleen Dunn and Shirley Boards.

The race raises money for St Rum­wold’s Church and The Fire Fight­ers Char­ity and or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing they will match the £3,800 col­lected last year.

Or­gan­iser Tina Met­calfe thanked Adrian Cow­ell from 1st Set­ting Events for sup­port­ing the raft race and said: “The Bon­ning­ton raft race was a lovely oc­ca­sion and it was great to see so many rafts and peo­ple on the day.”

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All ac­tion on the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal, Bon­ning­ton

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Chil­dren at­tempt to soak the com­peti­tors

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