Carnival fun at dragon boat race this weekend

Participants working hard at last year's event

Participants working hard at last year's event

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Rowing teams from across Lancashire are preparing for battle in the annual Dragon Boat Race in Preston tomorrow (Saturday).

The exciting race runs at Preston’s Riversway from 9am until 4pm, and will see 20 teams of 17 rowers compete to be crowned champions.

The all-day event will also feature a fairground, food and market stalls and live music, with five acts, including former Britain’s Got Talent contestants Bosom Buddies.

The race has been organised by eight charities; Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, Preston’s Space Centre, Penwortham-based Galloways Society for the Blind, the Preston Rosemere Cancer Foundation, the Jordan Grant Memorial Trust based in Cottam, Cancer Help Preston, the East Lancs Hospice and Preston-based Heart Beat, which will benefit from the proceeds.

The race, which has been a fixture at the former docklands area for several years, is expected to draw a large crowd again this year and organisers are confident of creating a carnival atmosphere.

Sophie Saunders, fundraising manager at Derian House, said: “We’re so excited that after a year of planning the event is almost upon us.

“The Dragon Boat Race is a great day out for all the family and a chance to raise money for charity at the same time.

“Together with our colleagues at the other charities, we’ve gone all out this year to make sure there is lots of entertainment.”