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Alton Water: Dragon Boat Racing

A World War Two fly past will be the highlight of a fundraising family day and dragon boat race in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

The event takes place at Alton Water, Stutton, on Sunday 25th September.
Crews are still needed to battle it out in the Dragon Boat race but there will also be plenty of stalls and entertainment on the day, so why not bring friends and family along to spectate.

Dragon Boat racing caught the attention of the Royals recently when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in the activity in Canada.

Suffolk’s event will involve teams of up to ten people paddling a 30ft boat with a drummer at the front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course.
In the lead up to the race day, a dragon head and drum – used on the Chinese boats themselves – is on a tour of some of the Suffolk businesses who have entered a crew. From Tuesday 30th August until Tuesday 12th September it will be at Staffa Lodge Dental Surgery, Norwich Road Ipswich, in the waiting room.

Carl Brooks, business income generation manager at the Hospice, said, “The Dragon Boat Race will be exciting, colourful and great fun. There will also be food, drink and entertainment on the day making it a great day out for all the family.”
The Dragon Boat Race and family day is supported by BBC Radio Suffolk.

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