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Launch event for East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival is hailed a success

PUBLISHED: 14:32 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 11 April 2017

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival promotion day at the Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft. Sitting in the boat, from front to rear: Adam Greenfield…Hotel Victoria owner/manager, Jade Alexander..Hotel Victoria Events Manager,   Andrea and Paul ECH Fundraisers, Adrian Cousens Grosvenor Casino Manager Gt. Yarmouth, Jeff ECH Fundraiser and Mark Gable Events Helmsman. Pictures: MICK HOWES

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival promotion day at the Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft. Sitting in the boat, from front to rear: Adam Greenfield…Hotel Victoria owner/manager, Jade Alexander..Hotel Victoria Events Manager, Andrea and Paul ECH Fundraisers, Adrian Cousens Grosvenor Casino Manager Gt. Yarmouth, Jeff ECH Fundraiser and Mark Gable Events Helmsman. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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With just over a month to go until one of the region’s most colourful festivals returns, the appearance of a full-size dragon boat has caused a stir.

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival promotion day at the Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft. Adam Greenfield�Hotel Victoria owner/manager.  Pictures: MICK HOWESEast Anglian Dragon Boat Festival promotion day at the Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft. Adam Greenfield�Hotel Victoria owner/manager. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Organisers from the 11th East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival held a successful launch event at the Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft last Friday, April 7.

With the festival taking place on Oulton Broad on Sunday, May 14, local companies and organisations were given a unique chance to see a 30ft dragon boat and find out more about the event at an open day last week.

Easter holiday makers were invited to sit in the boat and beat the drum as Gable Events and East Coast Hospice came together to promote the festival, supported by the Lowestoft Journal and The Beach radio station, which is held next month at Nicholas Everitt Park.

Two more teams have signed up for the event – Aquaterra and Associated British Ports – making it 16 teams that have now entered at the time of going to press.

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival promotion day at the Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft.  Pictures: MICK HOWESEast Anglian Dragon Boat Festival promotion day at the Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Entries are still open to one of East Anglia’s most colourful events. The team which raises the most in sponsorship monies for East Coast Hospice will not only win a trophy, but will also receive a free three course meal, courtesy of the Hotel Victoria.

A spokesman for East Coast Hospice said: “Entries are still being accepted, whether for fun/team building, to chase the trophy for the fastest mixed team (men and women) or to get serious and take on reigning champions from the last two years, Netmatters.”

To take part in the dragon boat racing no previous experience is required. The boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

The festival promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike with street entertainment, funfair rides, inflatable activities and plenty of food and drink for all the family on the bankside at Oulton Broad.

For an entry form and further details, visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/eastanglia or alternatively you can call Gable Events on 01780 470718.

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