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Crazy crafts take to the seas in annual carnival raft race

PUBLISHED: 10:10 22 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:40 22 July 2019

The Lobster staff team row for the shore.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELL

The Lobster staff team row for the shore. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Sheringham RNLI won first place in the town carnival's annual raft race for the second year running, on a craft cobbled together from building materials, foam and gaffer tape.

Sheringham Playpark Revamp crew, who won wackiest raft prize for their Jaws-inspired craft.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Playpark Revamp crew, who won wackiest raft prize for their Jaws-inspired craft. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Crowds lined the promenade to watch the two-man team - lifeboat crew members Matt Blake and Lewis Gray - win the cup for fastest raft in the event, which was held on the central beach on Sunday.

Other competitors included a crew from Ladybird Pre-school Nursery who came in last with their 'Bishy Barnaby' craft but took the best-dressed prize, three teams from the Lobster pub, which was overall winner, and a crew made up of Sheringham Playpark Revamp committee members, who bagged the wackiest raft cup for their Jaws-inspired barrel boat complete with giant shark.

Sheringham Playpark Revamp crew race for the shore in their Jaws-inspired craft.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Playpark Revamp crew race for the shore in their Jaws-inspired craft. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Lobster crew member Dave King, who is a site supervisor working on repairs to the sinkhole which opened up in the town centre two months ago, was invited to take part in the race by pub staff.

He said: "I wanted to join in as the hospitality I've been shown in Sheringham has been fantastic, everyone has been so welcoming and they even refer to me as 'Sinkhole Dave'."

The Lobster staff team row for the shore.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLThe Lobster staff team row for the shore. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Town mayor Madeleine Ashcroft, who presented prizes, said: "Everybody who took part did a brilliant job with their rafts, we have been incredibly lucky with the weather and it's just a great way to start off the carnival celebrations."

Lifeboat crew members Matt Blake and Lewis Gray, who were first to the finish line on their RNLI raft.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLLifeboat crew members Matt Blake and Lewis Gray, who were first to the finish line on their RNLI raft. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Lobster bar staff team line up ready for the start of Sheringham Carnival raft race.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLThe Lobster bar staff team line up ready for the start of Sheringham Carnival raft race. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Carnival raft race: the Ladybird Pre-school Nursery crew line up for a photo.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Carnival raft race: the Ladybird Pre-school Nursery crew line up for a photo. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Friends Mark Nolan, Ray Blaber and Steve Lubbock, who build a Hawaii-inspired raft.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLFriends Mark Nolan, Ray Blaber and Steve Lubbock, who build a Hawaii-inspired raft. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Carnival raft race: the Lobster crew race to the finish line.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Carnival raft race: the Lobster crew race to the finish line. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Friends Mark Nolan, Ray Blaber and Steve Lubbock pull their a Hawaii-inspired raft ashore.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLFriends Mark Nolan, Ray Blaber and Steve Lubbock pull their a Hawaii-inspired raft ashore. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Carnival raft race.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Carnival raft race. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Carnival raft race: the Lobster team race for the shore.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Carnival raft race: the Lobster team race for the shore. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Ladybird Pre-school Nursery team celebrate completing the race.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLThe Ladybird Pre-school Nursery team celebrate completing the race. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Playpark Revamp crew with their Jaws-inspired raft.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Playpark Revamp crew with their Jaws-inspired raft. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Playpark Revamp crew brave the waves for a post-raft race swim.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Playpark Revamp crew brave the waves for a post-raft race swim. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham mayor Madeleine Ashcroft presenting the Brian Pegg cup to lifeboat crew members Matt Blake and Lewis Gray.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham mayor Madeleine Ashcroft presenting the Brian Pegg cup to lifeboat crew members Matt Blake and Lewis Gray. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Helen Jewers and Laura Stead, whose team won the best dressed cup in Sheringham Carnival's annual raft race.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLHelen Jewers and Laura Stead, whose team won the best dressed cup in Sheringham Carnival's annual raft race. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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