Raft Race and Tug of War competitions get Cromer in the Carnival spirit

Just Regional
Jul 11, 2013 2 mins read

Crowds lined Cromer seafront on Sunday 7th July to watch teams battle it out in Cromer Carnival’s Raft Race and Tug of War which are seen as appetisers for the main Carnival celebrations.

On a hot and sunny Sunday three teams entered the Raft Race and were challenged to build a raft from barrels, wood and rope, paddle it around two buoys and make their way back to shore in the quickest time possible.

The annual event for the Carnival, which has been revived in recent years, got both tourists and locals into the Festival spirit.

The raft race was won for the fifth year in a row by Tiny Timothy Bateman’s 40th Birthday Tribute Team – captained by Tim Bateman from Cromer with Neil Coston, Liam Wade and Peter Skillen.

Tim said “we have won for the fifth year running, we are so lucky to have the Raft Race here on our own beach in Cromer. It’s great that it is organised every year and we hope we have entertained everyone!”

East Coast Customs Team were second in the race and Team Mo came third.

The Tug of War was won by The Welly who beat Giovanni’s in the final pull.

Liam Wade, captain of The Welly team said “it’s great to win the tug of war cup this year, especially after we were beaten by Giovanni’s in the final last year!”

Carnival Chairman, Tony Shipp said “those who took part had a very enjoyable afternoon. I was impressed by the variety of raft designs that the teams came up with and we are now looking forward to Helpers Night on 24th July and the start of Children’s Week One on 5th August”.

West Runton Scout Group supplied the materials for the raft construction and the event was sponsored by The Cottage, Cromer.

Next in the Carnival calendar is the Helpers Night on Wednesday 24th July at 7.30pm at The Cottage, Cromer. The Carnival is always looking for new volunteers, old or young so if you have an hour or two to spare and want to join in, then you are very welcome to come along to the meeting.

The first of Children’s Weeks then starts on August 5th. The full programme of events is now available online at


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