Scouts have ‘great day’ racing rafts in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 July 2017

Winners, 1st Uphill scout group with District Commissioner Graham Meikle.

Winners, 1st Uphill scout group with District Commissioner Graham Meikle.

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Youngsters in and around Weston-super-Mare took part in a competitive raft racing event last weekend.

Winners, 1st Uphill scout group.Winners, 1st Uphill scout group.

Scout groups from across the Axe District grabbed some wood, rope and barrels and put their rafting skills to the test.

Scouts raft racing.Scouts raft racing.

More than 100 boys and girls from eight different groups took to Marine Lake, in Marine Parade, Weston, in their makeshift vessels and took part in a number of races, with the overall winners taking home the coveted trophy.

Scouts raft racing.Scouts raft racing.

The 1st Uphill scout group came out on top after winning every race they competed in.

Scouts raft racing.Scouts raft racing.

Assistant district commissioner for the scouts, Richard Hurst, said the event had first started in 1990 but stopped for a few years due to lack of interest.

Scouts raft racing.Scouts raft racing.

He added: “The day is mostly about having fun and getting to know other scout groups in the area but it also helps some earn their badges.

Scouts raft racing.Scouts raft racing.

“It was a great day and, while I was a bit nervous after a very high tide, the weather was great.”

Locking scouts taking their raft to the start line.Locking scouts taking their raft to the start line.

Kewstoke Scouts taking a break.Kewstoke Scouts taking a break.

Scouts raft racing.Scouts raft racing.

Winscombe scouts raft building.Winscombe scouts raft building.

Scouts raft racing.Scouts raft racing.

Blagdon Scout group raft building.Blagdon Scout group raft building.

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