It’s full steam ahead at village dry boat race

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Adults race. EMN-150713-123859001
Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Adults race. EMN-150713-123859001

The Dorrington Festival was a great success for organisers, with the event thought to have raised upwards of £3,000.

This will be shared between causes chosen by the local residents - St Barnabas Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and the local parish church of St James and St John.

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Oscar Hill 4 and Digby Newton in red boat. Jesse Spencer 4 and Daisy Newton 8 in yellow boat. EMN-150713-123844001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Oscar Hill 4 and Digby Newton in red boat. Jesse Spencer 4 and Daisy Newton 8 in yellow boat. EMN-150713-123844001

One of the organisers, Caty Collier, said it was mainly about the residents’ gardens open to the public, which also featured art and craft stalls, a local folk music group and plenty of tea and cake to add to the atmosphere.

On the village playing field there was the Dorrington Dry Boat Race, where teams of locals constructed their own ‘boats’ to race down the course.

There were two children’s teams and five teams in the adult race. The adult race was won by The Flyer, which was built for speed, while the Best In Show prize went to HMS Kent, which came complete with water cannon to attack the other competitors. The next event will be in two years.

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Adults race. EMN-150713-123859001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Adults race. EMN-150713-123859001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Feff Kent and Daniel Kent 12. EMN-150713-123821001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Feff Kent and Daniel Kent 12. EMN-150713-123821001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Digby Newton 6 and Jessie Spencer 4 in the yellow boat. Lois Hill 2 and Oscar Hill 4 in red boat. EMN-150713-123833001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Digby Newton 6 and Jessie Spencer 4 in the yellow boat. Lois Hill 2 and Oscar Hill 4 in red boat. EMN-150713-123833001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Adults race. EMN-150713-123707001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Adults race. EMN-150713-123707001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Emily Harman and Jade Lawson 14. EMN-150713-123718001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Emily Harman and Jade Lawson 14. EMN-150713-123718001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Winners of the adut race L-R Mark Wilson 16 and Steve Scuffham. EMN-150713-123729001

Dry Boat Race at Dorrington Festival. Winners of the adut race L-R Mark Wilson 16 and Steve Scuffham. EMN-150713-123729001