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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

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Woodend Nursery.Carl Underhill, Alex Lowe, Adrian Ball, Phil Garner, Rob Ellis, Ben Gundy, Ian Rowett, Pete Grundy

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.The Italian Job.L-R: Ian Walters, Paul Colon, Dae Smith, Mark Bartram, Jason Dupress, Ben Stilwell, Graham Fryer

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Chairman of SDDC Cllr Pat Murray and his wife Sandra with the team of the Black Swan

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Men in Black.L-R: Kev Smith, Ian Ross, Nick Twells, Marianne Remnant, Glen Orton, Peter Jepson, Darren Ault, Bill Barker, Andrew Taylor

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Willington Belle.L-R: Tim Bartram, John Adams, Charley Keeling, Hollie Grief, Zac Grief, Colin Wood, Stephen Wood, Ian Bartram

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Swagbag and Bagettes - setting off

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.What a Racket setting off

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Crowds gather to welcome the rafters over the finish line

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Crowds gather to welcome the rafters over the finish line

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Crowds gather to welcome the rafters over the finish line

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Cllr Pat Murray with the Miss Fits

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Mark Nixon - Swimming the distance

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Swagbag and Bagettes.L-R: Daniel Humenko, Jane Humenko, Karen Payen, Jue Kenton, Emma Forster, Jess Kenton

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Willington FC.Paul Loverock, Steve Humenko, Martin Gee, Nick Kenton, Lee Gamble, Neil Dewey

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.What a Racket.FR: Lisa Oakley, Charnee Smith, Tom Banks.BK: Oliver McElroy, Ian Wright, jim Allen, Corina Chester, Julie Pearce

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Beggers Belief.FR: Warren Lewis, John Houghton, Nicola Houghton, Lisa Latham.BK: Dave Cox, Ollie Payne, Lee Carter, Paul Latham

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.England Glory.FR: Debbie White, Jo White, Rachel Searcey.BK: Amy Pickering, Caroline Blanksby, Valerie Murphy, Helen Dyer

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Royal British Legion.L-R: Andrew Twigg, Phil Astle, Daniel Beeston, Alex Johnston, Kev Hornsby, Ross Whitting, Garry Simms, Tim Everington

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Miss Fits.FR: Hannah Wilmot, Emma Ditchman.BK: Ruth Byrne, Helen Benard, Aimee Brooks, Hannah Jobling, Emily Twigg

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.Michael's Dirty Hobbits.Alison Butler, Jacquie Goldring, Julie Harding, Sara Cotton, Marie Rogers, Jane Brurrows, Lara Dewey

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

  • 14/06/14 Willington Raft race The Willington Annual Raft Race from Newton Solney to Willington along the river Trent.

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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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