Hopes that weather won’t take the wind out of Raft Race ’17

THE DATE HAS been set for one of the most anticipated events on Moray’s summer calendar.

After the disaster of 2016 when the Lossiemouth Raft Race had to be cancelled at the last moment before of exceptionally high winds, hopes are that all will return to normal for the 2017 event on Sunday, August 13.

RAF Lossiemouth and Moray Council are once again collaborating to organise the popular summer event – and this year profits from the Race will be donated to three charities, MFR Cash for Kis, the Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation and Outfit Moray.

Tulloch of Cummingston will remain as main sponsors for the event under an agreement that lasts until 2021.

This year the race organising team is being led by Sergeant Sarah Tompkins-Le. Although this year’s race will not have a theme, Sarah hopes families will still support the popular local fundraiser, she said: “Having to cancel last year’s race was obviously disappointing for everyone, but the decision was made to ensure the safety of the teams and visitors.

“This year we are hoping to have a wide range of stallholders and entertainment to suit all ages. We haven’t chosen a theme this year, so the teams can let their imaginations run riot. I hope everyone will come along and support the event and help us raise money for our three chosen charities.”

Prizes will be awarded for the best team costume and raft design, as well as the race winners – who will get the famous toilet seat trophy!

As well as entrants for the race itself, groups and businesses interested in providing stalls or entertainments for the Lossiemouth Raft Race should get in touch with the organisers.

For more information and for the relevant forms to apply to provide a stall at the event or to enter a team into the race, visit the ‘Events’ page on the RAF Lossiemouth web site or contact Sgt Tompkins-Le on lossieraftrace@gmail.com.