Spar RNLI Charity Raft Race 2009

The SPAR RNLI Charity Raft Race takes place on Saturday 23rd May 2009 at the Harbour area in Portrush.

The fun kicks off at 11.30am with the Junior Raft Race down at the pontoon, rafts and paddles are provided for the Junior Rafters

There will be the usual spring fair stalls and other attractions including old fashioned stocks were people can have a go throwing wet sponges at willing volunteers!

The two Portrush Lifeboats will be on display, showing why the Raft Race is so important in the fundraising calendar for Portrush Lifeboat Station. Mark Mitchell, 2nd Deputy Cox will be the commentator for the display by the crew members.

Plug and Dominic will be playing throughout the day with Brian Moore the 'Man with the Mike!'

The WILD GEESE parachute team will be flying in at 3.00pm prior to the big event at 3.30pm when all the volunteer rafters take to the sea in their homemade rafts, hoping to be first past the post.

On Sunday the Traditional Church service on the Quay (weather permitting) will be at 2pm followed by the return of the popular Waiters Race.

The Long Mountain Gallery will be holding an art exhibition on Friday night and Saturday showing popular Irish artists, with part of the proceeds going to the RNLI.

The Raft Race Committee would like to thank SPAR and the Local Causeway SPAR retailers for their support and sponsorship for Raft Race 2009 and it goes without saying that the sun will shine!

Judy Barr
Press Officer
Portrush Lifeboat Station

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