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SLIDESHOW: An oar-some time had by all at Willington Raft Race

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Raft Anchors.FR-BK: Daniel Otton, Josh Halford, Richard Holmes, Richard Bennett, Mark Clarke, Matt O'Toole, Matt Wilmot

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THE River Trent was awash with rafts on Saturday as teams battled it out in the annual Willington Raft Race.

Starting at Newton Solney, each team had to paddle their way down to Willington. The event, which started in 1998, has grown in popularity since its beginning and this year 18 teams took part. The race was first organised to celebrate the removal of the toll on the River Bridge. The winners were Pred 8 Oars once again, with Mick’s Dirty Habits winning a prize for the best dressed crew.

Event co-ordinator Mick Coxon told the Mail that the event proved to be as popular as ever, with between 400 and 500 people lining the river banks to watch. He said: “I’d like to thank the people from Repton and WIllington for coming and taking part once again. It was another brilliant day.

“I’d also like to thank Newton Solney Parish Council for allowing us to start the race on their land, and also the chairman of the district council, Pat Murray, who helped us get the rafts into the river.”

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