JOSS Stevens (standing) and Neil Clifford get ready for the Tweed River Festival raft race yesterday afternoon.
JOSS Stevens (standing) and Neil Clifford get ready for the Tweed River Festival raft race yesterday afternoon.

Hundreds enjoy River Festival



OVERCAST and windy weather failed to dampen the spirit of hundreds of people who lined Jack Evans Boat Harbour yesterday for the Tweed River Festival's main-day activities.

At one end of the harbour, crews in the Tweed Coast Outrigger Corporate Race Day event battled for honours while at the other end emergency-service organisations put on a combined land, air and sea spectacular.

A simulated rescue in the middle of the harbour involving the winching of a "victim" by the Westpac Lifesaver helicopter attracted many onlookers.

Rescue vessels also took part in a River Run Rescue dash from the Tweed River mouth to the Terranora Inlet and back.

The popular raft race yesterday afternoon also drew an array of home-made floating vessels.

Last night, the crowds were entertained by famous Australian singer-songwriter Jimmy Little, the colourful Lanterns of the Tweed parade and a dazzling fire- works spectacular.



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