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Raft of colourful characters raise funds for club

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 31, 2011

  • All dressed up and with paddles at the ready for the raft race – team members Hugh Fielding, Stewart Marriott, Katie Conium and Mawgan Searle from St Eval and Porthcothan.

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THE WATERS at Harlyn, near Padstow, were filled with a variety of colourful characters taking part in the annual Great Atlantic Raft Race on Sunday.

A huge crowd on the beach saw a record 22 rafts race the course, raising £1,100 for Harlyn Surf Lifesaving Club.

For the fifth successive year the coveted Fish trophy was won by brothers David and Paul Mason, Kev Brader and Joe Small with their Harry Potter-themed raft.

Second place went to the Ging Gang Goollie team and third prize to the St Trinians' team. The fancy dress prize was won by the youngest team, The Smurfetts – Liz Hodson, Jenny Nicholls and twins Lucy and Polly Stewart.

Club secretary Julie Smales said: "Everyone at the club would like to say a big thank you to all the local businesses who supported the club with raffle prize donations and to everyone who came and had great fun.

"Harlyn Surf Lifesaving Club provides local children with the opportunity to learn the first steps in surf lifesaving and, as the name suggests, the eventual aim is that club members go on to be the lifeguards of the future.

"The money raised will go to a continuing programme of club house maintenance and replacement of rescue boards and training equipment."

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