Messing around on the canal
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.”
All action on the Royal Military Canal, Bonnington
Children attempt to soak the competitors
Supporters enjoy the fun
Wet Beavers - Newchurch Neanderthals
Ashford YFC Jolly Roger
The Milk Float