PICTURES: Thrills and spills at Portishead Raft Race

PUBLISHED: 18:04 09 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:12 09 July 2017

Portishead Raft Race.

Portishead Raft Race.

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The sun shone brightly as thousands of spectators enjoyed Portishead Raft Race on this afternoon (Sunday).

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Dozens of people braved the chilly-looking lake by launching their homemade rafts on the water in a series of races and while some proved to be solidly built, others lacked engineering expertise.

There was also an edible boats race where floating fruits replaced wooden structures and enabled children to compete as well.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

The Lake Grounds once again held the big event and there was plenty of other activities for people to enjoy.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Games stalls were set up to give Portishead a fun fair feeling throughout the afternoon.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

And tasty food was served up too to satisfy even the hungriest appetites of racers.

The event tends to raises thousands for charities too, with previous recipients including the town’s Christmas lights appeal and RNLI organisations.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Portishead Raft Race. Lidl princess team. Portishead Raft Race. Lidl princess team.

Portishead Raft Race. Portishead Raft Race.

Portishead Raft Race. Forget Me Nots from Watkins and Taskers vets. Portishead Raft Race. Forget Me Nots from Watkins and Taskers vets.

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Portishead Raft Race. 1st Portishead Scout Group. Portishead Raft Race. 1st Portishead Scout Group.

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