This year all the movie stars got wet at the Cannes Film Festival. At the Needham Market Raft Race on 9th June our stars will only get wet if they fall in… or get pushed… or sink – oh come on, you know that’s why you come along to watch!
Our trusty band of ingenious raft builders and sailors are counting down the minutes until the first hooter sounds. The line-up of teams is firming up as we type. “Grease Lightening” are a new team crewed by a group of support workers from Ipswich who are raising funds for Mencap.
Regular Raft Race supporters “Buildbase” will once again take part with their team of keen oarsmen. “The Light Brigade” are back for a fourth time with a new face in their crew.
The intriguingly named “Number Four Raft” crewed by longstanding supports of the race will doubtless have engaged in some blue sky thinking and come up with their unique take on raft building.
A second raft called “Grease Lightening” will set sail crewed by a team from RAF Wattisham – don’t worry, they’ve been told that they can’t actually tow their raft with an Apache helicopter!
And of course it wouldn’t be Needham Raft Race without “Four Non-Bonds” who, whatever their success on the water have always entertained with their fancy dress.
Taking no chances “HMS Hopeful” is crewed by a group of diving instructors from The Argonauts Divers in Ipswich. Anyone interested in learning more about scuba diving should talk to them but we should emphasise that it may be too late for any helpful tips if your raft has already capsized!
Expect to see event sponsor Sackers take to the water as well as our friends from Mid Suffolk District Council and of course local pork farmers Allards.
There are still a few places available if you’d like to have a go at getting wet for charity – but you better be quick.