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Celebrate Chinese New Year by entering East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 February 2019

More than 30 crews are expected to battle it out at the East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival later this year. Picture: Steve Hone

More than 30 crews are expected to battle it out at the East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival later this year. Picture: Steve Hone

Steve Hone

As the Year of the Pig arrives, budding boat-racers are being encouraged to take part in Oulton Broad’s very own Chinese celebration.

The event will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Steve HoneThe event will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Steve Hone

More than 30 crews are expected to battle it out at the 13th East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival, to be held on Saturday, August 31 later this year.

The festival, watched every year by hundreds of spectators, sees crews take to the water and race over a 200m course in brightly painted Chinese dragon boats.

Dragon boat racing has an ancient history dating back 2,000 years to the Kingdom of Chu, where local fishermen used their paddles to stave off vicious fish and save drowning warrior poet Qu Yuan.

Their efforts tragically failed and in Hong Kong the ‘Tuen Ng’ Dragon Boat Festival is held annually as a reenactment.

According to the Chinese zodiac, those born in 2019 are believed to be energetic, enthusiastic and blessed with good fortune - standing them in good stead for dragon boat success.

To enter this year’s race, this year raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, complete an entry form or call organiser Gable Events on 01780 470718.

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