Thousands expected to gather in Lossie for annual river splash

Engineers provide an added edge to Raft Race

Thousands are expected to flock to Lossiemouth this weekend for one of the most anticipated events in the summer calendar.

The annual raft race at the mouth of the River Lossie regularly attracts large crowds from throughout Moray to the town and it is expected this year will be no different with a bumper crop of willing teams already having entered for the centrepiece event.

“The raft race is a well known and well loved event in the local calendar for us and this year I think it will be bigger than ever,” event organiser Flight Lieutenant Dave Hapgood said.

Last year the race attracted entries from the then newly arrived 39 Engineer Regiment at Kinloss Barracks – now the intensity of competition from Army, RAF and Civilian teams is expected to be even greater.

Flt Lt Hapgood added: “We expect there will be a few more entrants from Kinloss Barracks so there might be some friendly rivalry between the RAF and the Army for the famous toilet seat trophy.

“This year’s event is being held in aid of two local charities – MFR Cash for Kids and the Make a Wish Foundation.”

RAF Lossiemouth organise the event with help from Moray Council and it has become the traditional centrepiece allowing the local base to thank the community for the support they receive throughout the year.

Dozens of exhibits and stalls will line the Lossiemouth promenade providing plenty of entertainment for all the family throughout the day.

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