People in Minehead are looking forward to a fun fancy dress event that is set to take place next month in order to raise money for charity.

According to the Somerset County Gazette, more than 30 teams have already registered for the annual raft race that is to be staged by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute on September 4th 2010.

Organiser Derek Williams said he is hoping the event will break last year's record of 65 teams competing in the race from the Blue Anchor pub to Minehead.

"The first time the race was run 30 years ago there were only ten rafts competing - it shows how much the event has grown in popularity," he commented.

Anyone going along in fancy dress will tackle a shorter course from the golf club to the harbour, while serious racers will go the full distance.

While the theme is open, participants could emulate a similar competition in the Isle of Man and go along in Viking fancy dress costumes.

The recent race there attracted 840 rowers dressed as Danes, according to Isle of Man Today.