Matlock Boxing Day Raft Race

Water Fight: This float was equipped with its own bowser to soak the crowd at the annual Boxing Day Raft Race on the River Derwent in Matlock.
Water Fight: This float was equipped with its own bowser to soak the crowd at the annual Boxing Day Raft Race on the River Derwent in Matlock.

The annual Boxing Day Raft Race staged in Matlock on Monday attracted huge crowds to watch the teams taking part in the festive fun.

The racers, dressed in costumes as varied as pirates and The Thunderbirds to exotic Hawaiian dancers, paddled their rafts down the River Derwent to Cromford.

Aloha: This Hawaiian themed float was just one of many craft at the annual Boxing Day Raft Race on the River Derwent in Matlock.

Aloha: This Hawaiian themed float was just one of many craft at the annual Boxing Day Raft Race on the River Derwent in Matlock.

For a double page picture spread on the event see this week’s Matlock Mercury – out on Thursday.

Tutu Much: This fairy themed float brought a touch of colour to the crowd at the annual Boxing Day Raft Race on the River Derwent in Matlock.

Tutu Much: This fairy themed float brought a touch of colour to the crowd at the annual Boxing Day Raft Race on the River Derwent in Matlock.