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Rafts, ducks, face-painting and sunshine for Fakenham event




Cardboard rafts and ducks were raced in the River Wensum at Fakenham with around 1,000 people watching the fun.

Hosted by Active Fakenham, which is run by volunteers, prizes were handed out for the fastest raft, fastest duck and best fancy dress.

The raft race saw nine teams competing, with George Smith and Connor Rumbles of Entente Cordial winning the adult race. Louisa Shreeve, 11, was victorious in the junior category.

A corporate duck race was then overseen by the Rotary Club of Fakenham and District with SceneGB’s team emerging as victors.

Organiser Richard Crook of Active Fakenham said 600 to 700 ducks were sold with 25 corporate business ducks going to local businesses.

Fakenham Raft Race
Fakenham Raft Race

“We have had lots of positive feedback and it was the first time we have had an event like this,” Mr Crook said.

“I was totally exhausted afterwards. We started the operation three weeks ago and it was nice to see it work.

“It was a real family event with children, older people and teenagers all in attendance.”

Free face-painting and home-made cakes for £1 were also available on the day.

Scenes from the 2019 Fakenham Raft Race held on the River Wensum on Goggs Mill Lane in Fakenham. Picture: Matthew Usher.. (11632979)
Scenes from the 2019 Fakenham Raft Race held on the River Wensum on Goggs Mill Lane in Fakenham. Picture: Matthew Usher.. (11632979)

Active Fakenham ensured the event was environmentally friendly so free water was provided in compostable cups.

Sheena McKillop, who judged the rafts and fancy dress competition, said: “I have not been involved with Active Fakenham before, but what a great and fun experience it was.

“I was so impressed with the general organisation of the event, which was exemplary.

Raft race adult winners George Smith and Connor Rumbles
Raft race adult winners George Smith and Connor Rumbles

“So many local people giving freely of their time for our community has to be good.”

She added that the event was affordable for families, something she has not always found to be the case when paying for days out in the county.

Junior winner Louisa Shreeve (11)
Junior winner Louisa Shreeve (11)

The fancy dress competition was won by the Taylors cafe of Fakenham.

Among those taking part at the event were the Osprey Canoe Club and Fakenham Rugby Club, as well as schools.

Scenes from the 2019 Fakenham Raft Race held on the River Wensum on Goggs Mill Lane in Fakenham
Scenes from the 2019 Fakenham Raft Race held on the River Wensum on Goggs Mill Lane in Fakenham


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