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Gallery: Hundreds turn out to watch battle of the dragon boats in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice

PUBLISHED: 18:51 18 June 2014 | UPDATED: 18:51 18 June 2014

Dragon Boat Race in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice at Alton Water

Dragon Boat Race in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice at Alton Water

Determined teams battled it out to become the fastest dragon boat team over the weekend.

On Sunday, 10 groups took to the water for the event which raises money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Hundreds lined the banks of Alton Water, near Ipswich, to cheer on the teams as they paddled for glory – and for sponsorship. Gavin Lamb, St Elizabeth Hospice’s business partnerships fundraiser, said: “The atmosphere was fantastic, with 500 people cheering our teams on and enjoying the day.

“We have had thousands of pounds pledged in sponsorship, which will go towards local hospice care for local people.

“Thank you to everyone who supported the event, the crews and their companies, the sponsors and spectators, the volunteers, Anglian Water and Gable Events for their ongoing support.”

The winning team, the Bengal Tigers, paddled to victory in their fourth year of taking part to claim their first title in 51.55 seconds.

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Hundreds got the chance to meet Cardinal Wolsey in the flesh at Christchurch Park in Ipswich at the weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge put her morning sickness behind her when Paddington Bear asked her for a dance - and she revealed she was fleet of foot.

Lifesaving skills were taught to pupils at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook today as part of Restart a Heart Day.

An appeal by developers to build 300 homes in Bell Lane, Kesgrave, has been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate after it branded the controversial scheme as unsustainable.

Motorists in Ipswich are being warned to expect delays on one of the town centre’s key roads from next week – with work planned for four weeks.

Send in your photos of the red sun spotted in the sky over parts of Suffolk today, caused by Storm Ophelia.

Don’t get caught out, take a look at the major roadworks that will be taking place across the East of England this week.

The East Suffolk Partnership’s fifth annual forum at the Trinity Park Conference Centre on November 10 is fully booked to consider the theme “Unlocking the potential of growth in east Suffolk”.

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