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Newark retailers set for Newark Dragon Boat Festival in aid of Beaumond House Community Hospice and Children's Bereavement Centre




A group of independent retailers are in training to compete in the annual Newark Dragon Boat Festival.

Twelve Newark retailers will row on the River Trent next to Riverside Park on September 19 to raise money for two local causes ­— Beaumond House Hospice and the Children’s Bereavement Centre.

In preparation, they will be rowing on a static rowing machine at Flossie and Boo in Newark Market Place today (Saturday) to help boost their total.

Four of the Independent Rowing Retailers of Newark getting some training advice from Paralympian rower Victoria Lyon (second left). (50877171)
Four of the Independent Rowing Retailers of Newark getting some training advice from Paralympian rower Victoria Lyon (second left). (50877171)

The retailers are aiming to raise a record £3,000 towards the two local causes and are being helped with training and on the day by local Paralympian rower, Victoria Lyon.

Victoria, who set a world record in 2020, will be on board to give the team training tips and is to be their drummer on the day.

The retailers taking part are asking people to pop into their stores and donate, or donations can be given at the JustGiving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TheIndependentRowingRetailersofNewark

Participating retailers are: Nettl of Newark, Michael Hardy Business Doctor, Davison’s Bakery, Simply Sweet, Carriages Café, Inizio, Flossie and Boo, Kingsman Interiors, Doncaster Butchers, GH Porters, Beanblock Café, Petit Versailles and Gracegentle.

Although the event was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers are confident that it will go ahead this year. Raising a total of £28,274 back in 2019, the event was a real success and a good day out for all. Lots of fun family activities will be available as well as live entertainment taking place on the stage throughout the day with the first race starting at 10:15am.



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