Planning time for ideas on whacky raft race entries

THE MORAY COUNCIL and RAF Lossiemouth will again work together on one of Moray’s most popular annual events this summer.

The date for the Lossiemouth Raft Race has been set for Sunday, August 2 – and once again thousands of spectators are expected to line the bank of the River Lossie as hundreds of whacky racers take to the water.

With 2015 being the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, organisers are laying down a special challenge this time around – inviting teams to theme their entry as a tribute to that historic period of the World War II.

Co-ordinating the organising team this year will be Flight Lieutenant Ollie Harbridge, who said: “The Lossiemouth Raft Race is a well-known and well-loved event in the calendar for us and this year I hope it will be bigger than ever.

“As usual we expect a strong team from The Steamboat Inn and from RAF Lossiemouth!

“As 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain the organisers are asking teams to use this as the theme for their rafts and costumes. Prizes will be awarded for the best team costume, best raft as well as the race winners – who will get the famous toilet seat trophy!”

Invitations are extended not only to groups wishing to enter teams into the event but also businesses who may be interested in providing stalls or entertainments.

For more information and the relevant forms to apply to provide a stall at the event or to enter a team into the race, people should visit the ‘Events’ page on the RAF Lossiemouth web site, or contact SAC Craig Allen on about stalls, or Corporal Stu Paterson on about team entries.

Ollie added: “Moray Firth Radio will again be broadcasting live from this year’s race, which is being held in aid of two charities – the Make A Wish Foundation and MFR Cash for Kids.

“Hopefully everyone will come along and enjoy themselves as well as supporting these two charities.”