Despite torrential rain and high water conditions on Saturday, Marykirk’s annual raft race went ahead on Sunday as planned.
Sunday turned out to be warm and sunny, ideal rafting conditions, and after receiving the go-ahead from the coastguard, 16 rafts set off on the mile-long course along the North Esk.
Fifteen rafts from Marykirk, Montrose and the surrounding area completed the race, with ‘Nuns on the Run’ finishing in first place with a time of 23minutes 7seconds.
Second were ‘Cell Block Marykirk’, closely followed by ‘Auld Bent’.
The best dressed raft prize went to “Neyy Bother” and best constructed raft was ‘NOV’.
After the race several hundred people were entertained at MaryKirk Park by live bands, a talent show, highland dancing and the Howe o’ the Mearns Pipe Band.
A race committee spokesman said: “It was a great day out, the sun shone and lots of money was raised for charity.”
The raft race is purely a fund-raising event supporting a number of worthy causes and organisations.
Traditionally, CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland) receive 50 per cent of the money raised, and the rest is allocated after the event to local groups and charities.
This year, as well as CHAS, beneficiaries will be Carronhill School in Stonehaven, Stracathro’s Macmillan Nurses, the RNLI, St Andrew’s First Aid, Laurencekirk First Responders, District Nurses, Marykirk Lunch Club, Marykirk School, Marykirk Hall committee, Marykirk Bowling Club, Craigo Hall and the Derek Milne Memorial Trust
Last year the event raised the record sum of £7,000 for its nominated charities, although this year’s total will not be revealed until closer to the committee’s presentation night in August.