Sunday, 4 July 2010
Whacky Raft Races
What you need on a hot day is a river festival. Thousands of people line the river bank for the main event, the Raft Race. First you have to fish out the mermaids.
They're off. Leading the flotilla is The Tank, strong lads with their on-board water cannon. There was a dispute with the marshals as to whether this could be used as a jet-propulsion method, but they've agreed not to point it at the water, only at the crowd waiting on the bridge.
They are being chased by The Raft, a classic minimalist design strongly rowed by a crew of four.
Closing the gap is The Jeep which has a smoke machine to help them hide when approaching the finishing line.
Here comes the crowd's favourite, EliG, the local massive with their graffiti wall. And the winner is....sorry, the air was full of water, smoke and the sound system was drowned out by the roar of the crowd
After the excitement, an English cream tea served in the Scout's tea tent. Perfect.