Dragon boat racing

Taunton's first ever Dragon Boat Race is taking place on the River Tone

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Full report: Dragon Boat racing comes to Taunton

They were invented in the Far East but here in the West Country we can do it too!

Dragon boat racing came to the centre of Somerset today. It helped raise thousands of pounds for a whole raft of local charities. And as John Andrews reports, it was taken as seriously as any Olympic rowing event.

Dragon boats race in Taunton

Taunton's first ever Dragon Boat Race is taking place on the River Tone today.

Teams will take the traditional chinese row boats on a 250 metre route from The Bridge towards the County Cricket ground.

Organisers say it gives Somerset charities the opportunity to enter a team and raise money for their cause.

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