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PICTURES: Crowds line Hythe marina as popular raft race in aid of RNLI returns



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CROWDS of people turned out yesterday (Sunday) for the return of the Waterside raft race in Hythe – which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

The popular event, is organised by the Hythe and Calshot branch of the RNLI to raise funds for the organisation.

(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)

Participants were cheered on by spectators as they race around a course between the marina and the pier from 11am.

(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)

There were six races: best decorated, a women’s race, pub race, junior race, handicap race and fast Formula One race. Medals and trophies were presented to the winners by TV historian Dan Snow.

(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)

Visitors also enjoyed stalls, a funfair and refreshments.

(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)

A RNLI spokesperson said: "A big thank you to all who took part. It was a fantastic event and well worth the wait after the disappointment of last year. Well done to the winners and all who took part."

(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)

It is not yet known how much was raised, the spokesperson added.

(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)
(Picture: Steve West)


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