Fun and fancy dress at annual event
ST IVES' annual raft race drew its usual host of fun and fancy dress entries – as well as a few hardcore competitors committed to winning.
The race around the harbour – that involves teams launching from the Sloop slip, picking up a golden token by Smeaton's Light (really a painted plastic bottle) and then picking up their own team mermaid from the Lifeboat slip – was another great success.
The event, run by St Ives Pilot Gig Club for the past 17 years and the local police before that, also saw some indiscriminate flour bombing in the town's streets.
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But it was all in the name of fun and served to bring together the community, raise money for the gig club and entertain some rather surprised-looking holidaymakers.
Organiser Gerri Pardoe said: "The rafts were as imaginative as usual and we even had a poly tunnel with some lettuces growing in it this year!
"It was a fairly decent turnout and a really good day, although I had to watch it from the webcam because I was ill."
St Ives Sailing Club were winners of the race again this year, as well as giving great support to the gig club in organising it, said Mrs Pardoe.