The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

It was very much a case of Rule Bri­tan­nia, Bri­tan­nia rule the waves, as the finest of Bri­tish tra­di­tions were put firmly on dis­play at the Deep­ings Raft Race on Sun­day.

Whether it was the ‘plonkers’ in their three-wheeled Robin Reliant, ala Del Boy and Rod­ney from Only Fools and Horses, An­drew and Daniel David­son on their St Ge­orge’s Boat, or Ed Board, Caro­line Day, Richard Preece, Kirsty Preece and Luke Day play­ing ten­nis on their Wim­ble­don in­spired raft, it was a bril­liant af­ter­noon to cel­e­brate some of the coun­try’s great­est cul­ture.

Andy Pelling, com­mit­tee mem­ber for the raft race, said: “It was a Bri­tish theme and they picked char­ac­ters from mod­ern times to his­tory of Bri­tain.

“One raft looked like the Robin Reliant from Only Fools and Horses and they were dressed up as the char­ac­ters. There was even one as Del Boy smok­ing a cigar.

“One was de­signed as a ten­nis court and there was an aero­plane where all the chaps had leather gloves and gog­gles.”

The win­ners of the best dressed raft were called ‘The Brits’, while in the main race the Roundtable/Deep­ings tri­umphed.

The youth race was won by DSJ Roy­als.

Over­all, there were 37 rafts which took part in the dif­fer­ent races, and the money raised will now be counted up then dis­trib­uted to sev­eral char­i­ties.

Andy added: “It was def­i­nitely a lot of fun and there were huge crowds.

“There were also lots of stalls, a march­ing band and a string quar­tet, and lots of things go­ing on.

“A black cloud came over once but we did not have any rain.”

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