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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 September, 2004, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
Dragon boats race for charity
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PSNI officers organised the Dragon Boat race
Chinese-style Dragon Boats have raced up Belfast's River Lagan in aid of a children's charity.

The event on Saturday was organised by members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who hope to raise more than 10,000 for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Twenty-four teams took part, including police officers and a number of crews from local businesses.

Chief Constable Hugh Orde and his deputy, Paul Leighton, were among those who entered a team.

DCC Leighton paid tribute to the event's organisers.

"The police officers who organised this and other Charity of the Year events, run throughout the year, have done a marvellous job," he said.

"If the money raised this year equals the enthusiasm displayed, I know the results will be excellent for the NSPCC."

The sport dates back thousands of years and involves crews with a drummer racing in 40-foot boats.

The modern version of Dragon boating was developed in Hong Kong in the 1970s.

BBC NI's Patricia Wilkinson reports:
"This was a security operation with a difference"


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