Classical music looked set to beat rock ‘n’ roll in a battle with a difference on a bishop’s palace moat.
The 10th annual Moat Boat Race at Wells saw an extraordinary array of home-made vessels take to the water, crewed by a wide range of locals, from cathedral choristers to police.
As the fun began the choristers were leading the Viva Las Vegas team which featured four Elvis Presley impersonators.
Six of the city’s policemen and policewomen crewed one vessel, in full uniform, while another sported ‘prisoners’ in a cage.
The race is run in aid of a charity of the Bishop of Bath & Wells’ choosing.
This year the Bishop chose Street Level Access project. Run by Connect Elim in Wells it offers support for rough-sleepers and adults who are struggling with other life challenges.
The bishop was not crewing a boat at yesterday’s event, (monday) but he was the official starter.
Thousands of people thronged the city, lapping up the sunshine and enjoying the bank holiday fun and a fete in a nearby field.
There were trophies galore with the Duck trophy for the best raft design going to Mendip Cavers.
The Greatwood Trophy for the best adult fancy dress was won by Viva Las Vegas, with the junior trophy going to Luck of the Irish, a boat-full of leprechauns.
The race is organised by City of Wells Lions and the 1955 Air Training Corps.