The fourth East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival held on Oulton Broad in Lowestoft yesterday in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices was a spectacular success attracting 28 teams and even more spectators than last year (well over 3,000) for a fantastic day’s racing. The event was blessed with fine weather for the second successive year which resulted in a superb day out for the Festival teams, their families and supporters and spectators.
The crews, representing businesses and organizations from all over East Anglia, battled it all day in three-boat races over a 200m race course. Eventual winners in a closely fought six-boat final were the ‘Fishers Hotel’ team who beat ‘Absolutely Absolute’ representing Absolute Mechanical into second place, third were ‘Brenda’s Boys’ from Sizewell ‘A’, fourth were ‘The Sugar Puffs’ from British Sugar, fifth place was taken by ‘Winelodge Warriors’ from the Winelodge and sixth placed crew was ‘Morgan Splashurst’ representing ‘Morgan Ashurst’. ‘Janglyhands’ representing Nick Barrett & friends won the trophy for top mixed crew, and the ‘best dressed’ crew were ‘The Crystal Tips’ from British Sugar.
The 2009 East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival was held in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and winners of the charity trophy plus one day use of the leisure club and pool, gym use with a group personal trainer and a light lunch at the Marriott Sprowston Manor in Norwich plus a Chinese banquet at the China Diner in Lowestoft were the ‘Valhall Vikings’ from SLP Engineering & The BP Valhall Redevelopment Project. They raised £3,385 of a grand Festival total so far estimated at over £15,500.
Carol Lester of organisers, Gable Events, said “It was a fabulous day and the feedback from all the Festival crews and visitors has been excellent. It was great to see so many local people enjoying themselves down at Nicholas Everitt Park, watching the racing and taking part in the bankside activities. The enthusiasm shown by the crews was superb and we are pleased the Dragon Boat Festival has become such an eagerly anticipated annual spectacle in the regional events calendar. We are delighted that so much money has been raised for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and are very grateful for the support we received this year from The Beach, Suffolk County Council Passenger Transport, Waveney District Council, the China Diner, Marriott Sprowston Manor and the Venue of Performing Arts who put on three spectacular performances for our visitors on the day. We have had lots of people enquiring about entering a team into next year’s Festival which will be held on Sunday 9th May 2010”
For more information visit the Festival website at www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/eastanglia
For more information on the vital work of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, please visit www.each.org.uk