Record turnout for annual Marykirk Raft Race

20110515- Marykirk Raft Race.  'Seventeen rafts took part in this years race down the North Esk. First home were the Bat Mobile (26min57sec), second were the ladies on Organised Mayhem (28min04sec), third to cross the line was Noah's Ark (30min11sec). ' '"Andy Thompson Photography",'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography, 'No use without payment, 'www.atimages.com

20110515- Marykirk Raft Race. 'Seventeen rafts took part in this years race down the North Esk. First home were the Bat Mobile (26min57sec), second were the ladies on Organised Mayhem (28min04sec), third to cross the line was Noah's Ark (30min11sec). ' '"Andy Thompson Photography",'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography, 'No use without payment, 'www.atimages.com

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MARYKIRK Raft Race has beaten its own record with almost twice as many people attending Sunday’s event than last year.

Organisers estimate that between 900 and 1,000 people attended the fun day in the park after the race itself, raising a significant amount for local and national charities.

The race attracted 17 teams - many in fancy dress - from across the area and was won by Batmobile, which covered the course along the North Esk in a time of 26mins 57secs.

In the afternoon the park was the venue for a host of fun activities including an open-air gig supported by nine bands, a variety of stalls and amusements including Scotland’s biggest slide, a marquee bar, hot food and raffle.

Last year’s event attracted around 500 people but committee member Charles Gordon said this week that had been easily surpassed, and part of the reason for its success could be down to it being advertised for the first time on social networking site Facebook.

He said: “I think we had between 900 and 1,000 people in the park in the afternoon. We had ticketed admission and sold 650, stopping at 2.30pm, although I know people came in afterwards, and that’s counting just the adults.

“I don’t know yet know how much we’ve made but the initial impression is it’s better than last year and we still have money to come in from the rafts.”

Mr Gordon said the day’s highlights included one raft crewed by a bridal party whose wedding had been the previous day and a pledge of £100 for all the committee members to descend the slide.