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Hertford Shires Rotary

DRAGON BOATS

14th ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT RACE – SATURDAY 8th JUNE

 

The Dragon Boat Race and the Sacred Heart School Summer Fete were opened by Councillor Stephen Reed, the deputy Mayor of Ware, at 10.00 am.

Then the first two teams, both representing Group 1 Audi, (the event’s main sponsor) were ready to do battle in the first heat.

Successive heats took place during the morning when the showers didn’t dampen the excitement of the races and competitive element of the range of teams all trying to win the coveted trophy.

This year teams were encouraged to wear some form of headgear and a new trophy (sponsored by charity HELPING) was presented to The Water Lilies led by Rotarian Jasmine Morris.

After an enjoyable performance by The Ukes of Hazard, a local Ukele group, the remaining heats took place leading to the final between The Pirates of St Catherine’s (St Catherine’s School) and The Heart Breakers (Sacred Heart School).

Cheering crowds, four deep, on the embankment by the finishing line witnessed a very exciting race which was won by a dragon’s head by The Pirates of St Catherine’s.

North Herts Radio, with their outside broadcasting unit on site, provided the commentaries,  live interviews and music during the day.

Rotary is grateful to Becky and her team at the radio station for making the event run so smoothly.

Philip Walter, event organiser for The Rotary Club of Hertford Shires, commented that all the teams enjoyed the day with a number promising to enter a team in next years event. In view of its popularity he urged those interested to register their teams early next year.