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Raft racers come up Trumps in aid of lifeboat service at Portrush event

By Donna Deeney

More than 30 rafts - the vast majority not very seaworthy - took to the waters off Portrush this weekend for the annual RNLI fundraising event.

Among the less fine specimens hoping but failing to compete the course this year was Trump's Torpedo, captained by Neville Snoddy from Ballyclare, who along with his motley crew of friends is a familiar sight at the race.

Mr Snoddy said: "We have built and entered the raft race for the past 10 years and we try to give the raft a topical name, so this year we built the Trump's Torpedo.

"I have to admit we love taking part, which is the same for everyone. It certainly isn't about winning, it is about raising money for the incredible RNLI. We donned blonde wigs and covered ourselves in fake tan.

"We didn't win, but raising money for the RNLI and having a laugh is what it is about."

Competitors take part in the annual Portrush Raft Race at the harbour in aid of the RNLIkelvin boyes

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