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Stone Festival fun starts off with a splash

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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STONE’S annual festival starts off in style by making a splash on Sunday with a raft race on the River Trent from Darlaston to Walton Bridge.

The winning team will star in the Carnival Parade at the end of the festival on June 14, as well as gaining a £50 prize.

Registration is from 9am at the Darlaston Inn and the race starts at 10am.

Organisers are expecting a boisterous race - competitors and spectators are being warned not to pelt each other with missiles.

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Sunday morning also sees the popular Festival Dog Show at Westbridge Park, with entries taken from 10am.

The park will also host a car boot sale.

The watery theme returns on Monday, June 9 with a steeplechase and dog derby at Westbridge Park.

The steeplechase for human competitors starts at 7pm while the dog derby for pets and their owners starts at 7.30pm.

Both races follow the same course, leaving Westbridge Park via the canal tow path into Stone and returning through Crown Meadows - a distance of about a mile and a half. If conditions are suitable it will include a short river crossing.

Tuesday evening features a sponsored dog walk in aid of the Animal Health Trust, from Westbridge Park, plus a fishing competition on the Trent and Mersey canal, and a display in the park by the Stone and District Motorcycle Club.

Wednesday evening sees a festival golf tournament at Stone Golf Club, a talk on the centenary of the First World War, organised by Stone Civic and Historical Society and held at the Frank Jordan Centre, and the chance to tour of the Lymestone Bewrery.

Stone Lions are organising a treasure hunt on Thursday June 12, starting from The Lamb pub. And on Friday evening Party in the Park features Beatles tribute band The Fab 4.

Carnival Saturday, June 14, sees an afternoon parade through the town, plus a packed programme of events at Westbridge Park.

The festival ends on Sunday June 15 with a service at St Michael’s Church at 6pm.

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