Newark Dragon Boat Festival teams are ready to race for glory
The organisers of the Newark Dragon Boat Festival are hoping for a bumper turn-out at Sunday’s event.
Thirty-six crews from local businesses and organisations will take to the water at the Riverside Park.
The event is jointly organised by Beaumond House Hospice Care and the Child Bereavement Centre, both Newark-based charities.
The teams include Blueprint Gaming — the winners of the debut festival held in 2019.
Racing starts at 10am. Each team will compete in three races with the nine fastest from the heats going through to three semi-finals.
The final will be held at 5.10pm.
There will be a trophy for the team judged with the best fancy dress and one for the best fundraisers.
Fundraising and marketing manager for the Children’s Bereavement Centre Rachel Wilson said they were very excited about Sunday’s event.
“It is our biggest fundraiser of the year, which for a charity that relies on the support of the local community for 96% of the funds required, makes it a hugely important event,” she said.
“Equally, we are looking forward to bringing people together for a day of fun and friendly competition.
“We have once again been overwhelmed with the support we have received from the local community and business, without which we would never be able to put on this fabulous Dragon Boat Festival.
“So from all the team at the Children’s Bereavement Centre and the children and families we support a heartfelt thank you to the many people that have supported us with this event, we can’t wait to see you all on Sunday.”
Head of fundraising and marketing at Beaumond House Catheryn Lowe said the event was extremely important.
“Hopefully, it will raise a lot of money for us both but equally importantly it gives companies and the public to show their support for us while having a lot of fun,” she said.
“Both charities really rely on the local community and we are so very grateful for their continued backing.
“The team at Beaumond House would like to thank everybody involved — the wonderful volunteers, the teams, and the public. Your involvement is crucial to the success of the festival.”
The event is sponsored by Ringrose Law Solicitors, G. M. Steel Ltd of Newark (formerly Abachem) and Gusto Group of Collingham, who all have teams taking part.
Envelopes have sponsored the Team Village. Blue Print Gaming have sponsored the medals that will be presented to each competitor and Newark College have sponsored a climbing wall.