Supersoakers and plucky paddlers: Diss raft racing from 1995

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

When raft racing took place on Diss Mere it usually involved some motley crews and more soaking of rivals than actual paddling.

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

These pictures from our archives show competitors taking to the water in 1995. Among the teams appear to be one wearing police hats.

As part of the carnival, the Mere, which plunges to 20ft at its darkest depths, hosted the races for many years but they don't take place these days, which is a shame.

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Do you recognise anyone taking part or were you in one of the teams?

Whoever won, the people racing on Diss Mere seem to be having a lot of fun!

A boat ready for the raft race on Diss Mere, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

A boat ready for the raft race on Diss Mere, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Competitors in the raft race on Diss Mere, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Competitors in the raft race on Diss Mere, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

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Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Raft race on Diss Mere, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Raft race on Diss Mere, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

The raft race on Diss Mere with the Church in the background,1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

The raft race on Diss Mere with the Church in the background,1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library

Antics on Diss Mere during the raft race, 1 July 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library