NE1 Dragon Boat Race returns to Newcastle Quayside to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

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Teams will compete to be crowned Dragon Boat Race Champions 2023.

NE1’s Newcastle Dragon Boat Race is set to return to the Quayside this month, with over 250 participants competing.

The racing event, which will be held on Saturday, September 30 has been organised by Atlantic Dream and the North East Chinese Association, will have teams made up of Newcastle businesses and their employees, local and national charity representatives and solo entrants.

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The boats will paddle a 250-metre course between the Millennium Bridge and the Tyne Bridge, alongside an on-board drumbeat, while thousands of spectators are expected to cheer from the sidelines.

To raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, there will also be a host of family-friendly activities on the Quayside, which will include face painting and crafts.

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The North East Chinese Association will be performing a traditional ceremonial Chinese Lion dance to commemorate the Dragon Boat Race.

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A medal presentation will take place between 3.45pm and 4.15pm, where a team will receive the coveted title of Dragon Boat Race Champions 2023.

Tariq Albassam, Director of Operations at NE1 Ltd said; “We are delighted to be bringing back Newcastle’s Dragon Boat Race to the Tyne and I can’t wait to get on board to start racing. Dragon Boat Racing is an exhilarating activity for participants but also provides an amazing display for supporters and spectators on the riverside. Restoring activity to the river has been one of our key priorities at NE1 and the Dragon Boats are a popular way of helping to do this by bringing thousands of people to the Quayside and onto the Tyne.”

For more information or to take part, please visit the NE1 Dragon Boat Race website.

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