Glorious day of fun at Marykirk raft race

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THE MARYKIRK Raft Race took place in brilliant sunshine on Sunday - as always.

A spokesman told us: “It never rains on Raft Race day!”

Wonkavators won the Raft Race in a very fast time of 29 minutes and 48 seconds.

Intensive Care came second and third were Gonna-Sink-Kwik.

In all, there were 17 rafts, which was an excellent turn-out, especially given the poor conditions before race day.

And at least partly because of the weather, the festivities after the race were very well attended.

There were children’s races, a family pet show, a craft fair and a Fly-Ball dog display as well as a human Fly-Ball race, other competitions and side shows.

The committee is still counting all the money raised and should have the final figure after expenses in a week’s time.

They expect that the money raised for CHAS Aberdeen, Carronhill School and local charities and causes will be substantial and they wish to thank all the visitors for their generosity.

News will follow shortly of the local causes supported.

You can also check the website, www.marykirkraftrace.com and the Raft Race committee’s Facebook Page.

Bruce Tait, chairman of the Marykirk Raft Race Committee, said: “A big thank you to all the raft race competitors who made the race so much fun for everyone to watch and big congratulations to the winners, Wonkavators.

“Congratulations, in fact, to all the rafters who took part; they all finished and helped raise money for the charities.

“I also wish to thank the many volunteers who helped make the day such a success, especially those unsung heroes who gave of their time to ensure the safety and success of the event.

“These include the Coastguards, St Andrew’s First Aiders, the Northern Vault Football Club, the bar staff, and stall holders, and, of course, the committee members and their families who worked so hard.“