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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

DONT' FORGET - NEWLYN’S huge raft race is back on the map and coming this weekend!

NEWLYN’S raft race is being put back on the map this weekend, as the town ups anchor and prepares to sail.

Organised to raise money for the port’s harbour lights display at Christmas, chair of the committee at the helm, Marcia Bell, said it was “missed terribly last year” - but added community spirit and generosity from locals has ensured 2013 won’t miss out.

The Meadery Maids have won more times than any other team - the ones to beat!!

Mrs Bell said secret rafts are being constructed in barns and sheds across west Penwith, adding the race should be a thrilling spectacle.

“I’m really excited about it,” she said. “The reality of it happening has been huge - everyone has come together brilliantly.

“Lots of people have offered their support and we’re all really looking forward to it.

“It’s going to be lots of fun and hopefully put the raft race back on the map,” she added.

Sunday August 4 will see food stalls, live music, welly boot throwing, a raffle, tug of war competitions and a beer tent all in aid of the cause, with the race taking place at 2.30pm.

There will also be a magician, face painting and a bouncy castle for children.

Last summer’s event could not be staged due to funding and insurance issues - but now the committee is raising money once more for Newlyn’s festive display, with around £8,000 to find in total.

The day’s festivities begin at 10am.

Full story from the Cornishman