Video: Hundreds turn out for Lough Neagh Rescue Raft Race and fun day

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A 500-strong crowd came out to show their support for Lough Neagh Rescue at the charity’s annual family fun day at Battery Harbour in Ardboe.

Crew were delighted even the sun decided to make an appearance after the event had to be cancelled just weeks ago because of severe weather conditions.

The raft race gets underway

The raft race gets underway

Eight teams took part in the fun day’s maiden raft race, with The Magherys scooping first place and winning the Jerome Crozier Memorial Shield.

A team from Lavery’s Bar came runners-up in a not-so-close second place.

A magic show, petting zoo, climbing wall and football tournament all kept the little ones entertained, while Catherine McAllister took home first prize for the Best Dressed Teddy competition.

A spokesman for the charity said: “It was great to see so many come out in support of Lough Neagh Rescue.

Crew make some furry friends

Crew make some furry friends

“As well as everyone who came out today, we would like to thank Mid Ulster council, each of our sponsors, the Battery Bar, local shops, all of our volunteers and Tobin Youth Group who donated the tables and chairs.

“Without support both locally and further afield we would not be able to save the lives we do.”

Crowds gather to watch the raft race

Crowds gather to watch the raft race

Catherine McAllister with her winning teddy

Catherine McAllister with her winning teddy

Isla McNally tries out the pony ride

Isla McNally tries out the pony ride

Spiderman gets his face on

Spiderman gets his face on

The magic show was popular

The magic show was popular

Some young talent from the football competition

Some young talent from the football competition