THE annual Ellesmere Regatta will once again run this year, raising money for three charities.

The Rotary Club of Ellesmere will hold its 2019 Bell Boat Regatta on the Mere on Sunday, July 7.

This year the main beneficiaries will be Save the Children, the Harry Johnson Trust, and the Isabelle Lottie Foundation.

All three charities look to support children in adverse circumstances, and all have strong local connections.

Save the Children was founded by two Ellesmere sisters, Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton, in May 1919, while the other two are Shropshire based and cope with issues surrounding cancer at a young age.

Regatta chairman, Geoff Corfield, said: “This annual event is a wonderful day out for all the family in a beautiful setting, not just for the races that begin at 12noon, but also for the extensive programme of additional attractions on the adjacent Cremorne Gardens."

Activities on the day include; Electric Go Karts, Bubble Zorbs, Nerf Wars among others.

The grand draw prizes include a balloon flight, a zip wire experience, a spa day for two, afternoon tea at the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester, a day’s fly-fishing and a day trip on the Lineal Trust canal boat.

Geoff added: “Last year’s event was blessed with great weather and calm conditions on the Mere, allowing the occasion to set records in terms of race times, enjoyment levels and charitable giving. "Nothing less should be expected for 2019."

The racing schedule is already very full, so any more prospective entrants should submit their paperwork as soon as possible.

Further information is available from Geoff on 01939 270313.