Thousands turn out for annual raft race fun

Thousands of people turned out for the 54th annual Boxing Day raft race in Matlock.

Friday, 30th December 2016, 12:34 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 1:01 pm
Matlock raft race 2016

As many as 6,000 spectators attended the traditional event as about 400 people on 43 rafts raced across the three-and-a-half mile course on the River Derwent from Matlock to Cromford Meadows on Monday.

In total, £1,910 was raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Stephen Eyre, treasurer at Derbyshire Association of Sub Aqua Clubs, which organises the event, said: “It was a really good event and people seemed to enjoy it.

Matlock raft race 2016

“I have had lots of messages of congratulations from people who said that they had a great time.”

The only downside on the day was the repeat occurrence of people throwing eggs at the rafts which has become a well-known problem.

A 12-year-old girl also managed to sneak onto a raft. Participants must be aged 16 or over to take part.

“The egg throwing was not a major problem but I would urge people not to do it next year,” Mr Eyre added.“It could cause the event to get shut down.”

Matlock raft race 2016

The winning teams were: 1. Las Vegas 2. Black Swan. 3. Oktoberfest.

Pictures by Barry Whitehead and Tim Stanger