Making a splash! Are you in Thorpeness Raft Race photos?

Thorpeness Raft Races in July 1988

Thorpeness Raft Races in July 1988 - Credit: Archant

Did you get out on the water for Thorpeness Raft Race during the 1970s and 80s?

Taking part in Raft Races on the Meare at Thorpeness in July 1982

Taking part in Raft Races on the Meare at Thorpeness in July 1982 - Credit: Archant

In our latest Days Gone By gallery, we are looking back at the event during that era - and, if you were there, you might spot some familiar faces.

Action from the Thorpeness Raft Race in 1980

Teams battling it out in the 1980 Raft Race - Credit: John Kerr/Archant

The event was one of the best-loved of the many raft races held around the area.

A raft at Thorpeness in July 1975

A raft at Thorpeness in July 1975 - Credit: Archant

Pub teams took part and created their own homemade craft to do battle, with the event attracting enthusiastic crowds.

The Thorpeness Raft Race in full swing in July 1983

The Thorpeness Raft Race in full swing in July 1983 - Credit: Ivan Smith/Archant

And, as the 64-acre lake is shallow, there was no need to worry about falling in during the splashing antics.

Did you take part in the annual raft race at Thorpeness in July 1979?

Did you take part in the annual raft race at Thorpeness in July 1979? - Credit: Archant

Many other fun events have also been held at the Meare over the years, with the hugely popular Thorpeness Regatta and firework display, featuring decorated boats, being everyone's favourite.

Competitors paddling to the finish line in Thorpeness Meare in 1977

Competitors paddling to the finish line in Thorpeness Meare in 1977 - Credit: Archant


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The boating lake has reopened following easing of lockdown restrictions and is currently open every day from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a range of Covid 19 measures in place to protect people's safety.

Taking part in Thorpeness Raft Race in 1977

Taking part in Thorpeness Raft Race in 1977 - Credit: Archant

If these photos bring back memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

To order photos, visit our website or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449. 

Intense action from the Thorpeness Raft Race in 1980

Intense action from the Thorpeness Raft Race in 1980 - Credit: John Kerr/Archant


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