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Peterborough Charity Dragon Boat Festival

Sunday 7 May 2006

9.30am-5.30pm

River Nene, The Embankment

 


Organisers, Gable Events, are delighted that the Festival is again a sell-out with the maximum 52 teams already entered and a substantial waiting list forming. Entrance to the Festival is free to spectators and up to 10,000 people are expected on the day.

Participants in the dragon boat racing will be re-enacting a tragic event that took place more than 2000 years ago in the kingdom of Chu.

Legend has it that falsely accused of treason and exiled by jealous rivals in the government, despairing warrior poet, Qu Yuan, through himself into the Mi Lo River. Local fishermen rowed out to save the drowning poet and tried to rescue him from vicious fish by beating the water with their paddles. But their attempts failed and every year in Hong Kong a Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival is held as a mark of respect for the fishermen’s frantic efforts and to commemorate the tragic death of Qu Yuan.

The fierce looking dragon’s heads were added to the ornate 40’ boats to ward off evil spirits and in Hong Kong special rice dumplings are eaten to represent the dumplings that were thrown in to the river to stop the fish eating the mighty Qu’s body.

If all this fires your imagination, the Festival in Peterborough promises a fantastic day out for all the family. As well as races every 10 minutes between 9.30am and 5.30pm, the Festival offers a huge array of family entertainments on the bank including fairground rides, laser force, sumo wrestling, gladiator jousting, rodeo bull, fun inflatables, Crightons Saab and Mitsubishi vehicles display, pony and trap rides, childrens quads and entertainers plus live music and street theatre. There will also be a variety of food stalls, bar and Lite FM roadshow providing race commentary, music and live link-ups.

All participating teams have been invited to raise money through sponsorship for the 2006 Festival nominated charity, Peterborough SportsAid Foundation, and the crew raising the most will receive a special Chinese banquet for the whole crew courtesy of TOHO. The winning crews will be awarded trophies and medals from Festival sponsor, Crightons of Peterborough.

Iain Crighton, managing director of Crightons of Peterborough commented “We have been delighted with the fantastic response to our call for entries and the Festival is set to be a huge success once again. We are sure that all the crews will have a great day and at the same time, raise lots of money for Peterborough SportsAid Foundation”.

For further information call 01780 470718 or visit the Festival website at www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/peterborough

April 2006

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