Popular raft race will return to Fareham Creek

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PEOPLE from across Fareham are preparing to get soaked in an annual raft race to raise money for charity.

The race, which takes place next to the Castle in the Air pub in Fareham Creek, will raise money for Gosport and Fareham In-shore Rescue Service (Gafirs).

Money will also be raised for the British Heart Foundation.

There will be about 20 teams competing on Saturday afternoon.

Matt Sharkey is the chef at the pub.

He said: ‘It’s quite a big event. Gafirs is a good local charity.

‘We all get together and raise a lot of money for charity.

‘It’s an annual thing so everyone gets together and does a lot to help out the charity.

‘It’s a big event and a lot of it is not just organised by us but by people in the community.

‘We get a lot of families here, it’s a good day out.

‘It’s getting bigger every year.

‘It’s something different and everyone has a good laugh doing it, watching everybody else fall off.

‘We are just praying for good weather now.’

The mayor of Fareham, Councillor Trevor Cartwright will officially open the event at 1pm.

The first race starts at 1.30pm.

Afterwards, there will be entertainment at the pub including a bouncy castle, a martial arts display, a hog roast, a barbecue, live music and a disco in the evening.

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