A POPULAR dragon boat race has been cancelled at the eleventh hour because of lack of entries.
The Emsworth Dragon Boat Race was due to be held tomorrow at the Mill Pond after being postponed twice this year.
Bad weather put paid to the event in June and it was cancelled last month after the Environment Agency drained the pond and it did not fill up in time.
Gary Dickens, from organisers Alchemy Events, said: ‘We now only have three or four teams who can make the event, this unfortunately is insufficient numbers to viably run an event so we are, with great regret, going to have to cancel the event for this year.
‘This is not a decision we have taken lightly but this number of teams will not work. The two postponements, neither of which were in our control have not helped, I am sorry to have to do this and we will be contacting teams shortly with regard to refunds and we are in discussions with various parties, including the Emsworth Business Association to make the event happen in 2013.’