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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Newlyn raft race will go ahead despite extra sea defence work

The Newlyn Meadery Maids in full flow

THE NEWLYN raft race, one of the highlights of the summer, will go ahead thanks in no small part to the co-operation of Cormac.

Work on repairing Newlyn Green's storm-ravaged sea defence began at the start of June and at the time, Andy James, general manager of Cormac, promised that the green would be fully accessible for the raft race, which takes place on Sunday, August 10. Since then, the contractors have discovered that the foundations will need to be dug even deeper than originally thought. But despite that, says Marcia Bell from the Newlyn lights committee which organises the raft race, it is all systems go for the big day.

"The raft race is always a really good community day and Cormac really has worked hard on behalf of the community to make sure it goes ahead," she said. "They are putting things in place so that we can hold the raft race in the middle of the green and they've even kindly offered to be there on the day, helping to ensure the stalls and rafts are in the right place. "We just hope that we can make the day a really successful one to show that their efforts are fully appreciated."

Mr James, who confirmed that work on the Green is still expected to be completed by the time of the Newlyn Fish Festival on Monday, August 25, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to work so "They are putting things in place so that we can hold the raft race in the middle of the green and they've even kindly offered to be there on the day, helping to ensure the stalls and rafts are in the right place. "We just hope that we can make the day a really successful one to show that their efforts are fully appreciated."

Mr James, who confirmed that work on the Green is still expected to be completed by the time of the Newlyn Fish Festival on Monday, August 25, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to work so closely with Marcia and her team to ensure that the raft race can take place. "The work is progressing well thanks in no small part to the support of the local community and it is therefore a pleasure to be able to support and assist with this event."

Entry to the raft race costs £25 for each hand-built raft and all-comers will be trying to beat perennial favourites, The Meadery Maids. Other confirmed entries include teams from the Swordfish, the Penleee lifeboat station and the Fishermans Arms. The race will start at 2pm and those interested in entering or running a stall should contact Marcia by calling 07506 701336.

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