The crowds gathered along the river for the 41st annual Rotary club of Chester raft race. Sponsored by Survitec, 37 rafts took part with money raised going to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and other Rotary charities. This years theme was “Chester Transport through the ages” . This year there was a greater range of activities over on the meadows , as well as a bar sponsored by Harkers, there was fairground rides and costumed characters.
Before the race, spectators were treated to a display by UK flyboarding champion Jay St John.
The Rotary Club of Chester have organised the race since the early 70s. Rotary officials and the Sheriff of Chester watched the race from the bandstand which started at 10.30. The race is the Rotary’s main yearly fundraiser and monies raised will help the Hospice in Backford in its attempt to double the size and offer specialised care and support. Chester Rotary, a friendly organisation which works locally and internationally to help others, is one of the oldest established rotaries in the country, being 95 years old.
Chester Auto Services were the fastest raft and were awarded their prize over on the meadows. Well done to the organisers and all competitors, the raft race is a fantastic Chester tradition.