PHOTO SPECIAL: Full house for Dragon Boat Festival’s 20th year as £30,000 raised for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091758009
Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091758009
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It may have reached its 20th year but Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival remains as popular as ever with more teams entering than the number of places available.

A full house of 48 teams took part in the annual contest on Saturday at Peterborough Rowing Lake, which also included a flyover from two Spitfires and a Lancaster Bomber to mark the Queen’s 92nd birthday.

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows. The Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice charity team EMN-181006-091948009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. The Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice charity team EMN-181006-091948009

Carol Lester, director at festival organisers Gable Events, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We had 48 teams which is the biggest entry for 10 years and we had to turn some people away.

“It was topped off with a spectacular fly past for the Queen’s birthday.

“More than £30,000 was raised for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice which was way over our and their expectations. Everyone who entered was extremely generous.”

Sue Ryder community fundraiser Nilesh Patel said: “It was an absolutely fantastic event. We’re really pleased with how much money has been raised. We’re probably approaching £32,000.

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows.  The Burghley Beauties team EMN-181006-091959009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. The Burghley Beauties team EMN-181006-091959009

“We’re really grateful and proud of all the teams that have been fundraising for us. We do appreciate the support from the companies that took part in this year’s 20th anniversary event.”

The champions were Barhale who entered a team called The Rat Pack. In second place was Ballast Phoenix Ltd (Phoenix Pirates) followed by Fitzwilliam Hospital (Fitzwilliam Pacemakers) and Coloplast Ltd (Row Farah).

The mixed crew champions were Fitzwilliam Hospital followed by Coloplast Ltd and Froglife (Froglife Dragon Finders).

The charity champions were SB Components Ltd who raised £5,430 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, the festival’s charity.

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows.  Ballast Phoenix, Bourne team EMN-181006-091502009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. Ballast Phoenix, Bourne team EMN-181006-091502009

Buckles Solicitors also donated more than £5,000, and the organisers wanted to give a special mention to XL Displays, Christine’s Crazy Crew and Wansford Surgery for their superb fundraising efforts.

Christine’s Crazy Crew, who dressed up as pop stars Abba, won the prize for the best dressed crew.

The team wanted to raise money for the hospice as a thank you for the great care family member Christine Seims, of Orton Malborne, received at the hospice in Longthorpe when she had kidney cancer, before passing away in February.

Wansford Surgery was highly recommended for the best dressed crew.

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows.  Rawlinson's team EMN-181006-091449009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. Rawlinson's team EMN-181006-091449009

The festival was sponsored by Motorpoint, while Peterborough Greyhounds Stadium donated the prize for the top fundraisers - a private raceview suite with finger buffet and sponsored race worth £600.

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091513009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091513009

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows.   Buckles team EMN-181006-091725009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. Buckles team EMN-181006-091725009

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091736009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091736009

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091524009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091524009

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows.    Sam Marriott, Hayley Gedney and Ryan Smith, R J Wilson team EMN-181006-091747009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. Sam Marriott, Hayley Gedney and Ryan Smith, R J Wilson team EMN-181006-091747009

Dragon Boat racing at  PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091535009

Dragon Boat racing at PCRC Thorpe Meadows. EMN-181006-091535009