Out and about

MAKING the most of scorching temperatures thousands of people got out and about to enjoy a host of fun-filled events.With temperatures reaching a stifling 81F(27C), the best way to keep cool in Needham Market was to take to the water in the annual raft race yesterday.

MAKING the most of scorching temperatures thousands of people got out and about to enjoy a host of fun-filled events.

With temperatures reaching a stifling 81F(27C), the best way to keep cool in Needham Market was to take to the water in the annual raft race yesterday.

The theme this year was Noah's Ark and rafts were made out of anything that would float, from polystyrene to barrels, air beds to drainpipes.

Dawn Winder, a raft race committee member, said: “There were several thousand people here watching and the weather was absolutely beautiful - but perhaps a bit too hot for some of us.”


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A total of 13 rafts took part in the event and there were six time trials with the fastest time being three minutes and four seconds.

Women proved the old insult about female drivers untrue by getting to grips with some unusual vehicles as Rendlesham's Bentwaters Park held its annual Ladies' Driving Challenge on Saturday and Sunday .

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Women were given the chance to drive buses, lorries, fork lift trucks, quad bikes, limos and fire engines to raise money for charity.

The skies above Woodbridge were dotted with strange flying machines when a major sporting competition got off the ground on Sunday.

The 2006 UK Paramotor National Championships took to the skies with up to 40 pilots from Europe taking part.

Trades and crafts from yesteryear were brought back to life at a rural demonstration day in Stowmarket.

The town's Museum of East Anglian Life yesterday held a Traditional Trades and Crafts Day where craftspeople from around East Anglia demonstrated trades and techniques of the past.

Visitors saw demonstrations of lace-making, blacksmithing, rag-rugging, wood-turning and timber framing, with opportunities to get hands on and try the crafts.

The museum's collections manager, Lisa Harris said: “In a world of increasing conformity and mechanisation it is vital that traditional trades are preserved.”

See tomorrow's Evening Star for many more pictures from these events.

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