Photo gallery: Fun galore at Lowestoft Lions Charity Gala Day at Oulton Broad

SOME spectacular fireworks, quirky entertainers and the thrills and spills of the maiden-in-distress raft race were all part of an action-packed day of fun at Oulton Broad.

More than 3,000 people descended on Nicolas Everitt Park on Monday for the annual Lowestoft Lions Charity Gala day, where the attractions included a host of displays, stalls and children's games.

The highlights included an impressive exhibition of wood-chopping by the Welsh Axemen, the gravity-defying trapeze work of The Above and Beyond Trio, and bird of prey displays by the Ye Olde Redtail Falconry team.

But the annual maiden- in-distress raft race also provided plenty of excitement and entertainment, with this year's coveted first prize going to the team from the Triangle Tavern pub.

Lowestoft Lions' president Mark Lanham said he was pleased with this year's turn-out, and he thanked the local businesses which gave their support to the event.

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He said: 'The Oulton Broad Gala Day has been organised by the Lowestoft Lions for years and the money we raise stays in the local area. When it comes to the gala itself we really need the support of local businesses.

'The event is our main fund- raiser of the year. Times are not easy for anyone, and it is great the help we do receive. All the small things add up to keep the event going.

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'It is one of the events locally where children get free entry, so the parents are happy to pay.'

The event got under way in the morning when people brought their home-made kites to a take part in colourful aerial display.

During the afternoon, the crowds were entertained by power boat racing courtesy of Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club and the event came to a climax in the evening with a dazzling fireworks display.

Trevor Waters, chairman of the Oulton Broad Gala Day, said: 'I have lived in the area all my life and there has been a fete on here as long as I can remember – it has been a tradition for Oulton Broad.'

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