River Lune hosts dragon boat race

Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race
Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race

Five teams competed at the third North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat race hosted for the first time on the River Lune by Lancaster University Confucius Institute.

Former Mayor Susie Charles welcomed all teams to Lancaster with a Chinese greeting, Huang Ying Lai Dao (welcome to Lancaster).

Mr Pan Jun, Deputy Consul for Education from the Chinese Consulate in Manchester, emphasised the importance of the work of the five Confucius Institutes in the North-West to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture and the creation of bridges between the UK and China.

The superb weather showed the Lune at its best and created optimum conditions for a keenly fought competition.

Lancaster University was proud to field a team that celebrated the city’s diversity, made up of students and local people from six different countries.

Lancaster gave it their all in a series of tight races but were edged into third place by Edge Hill University on time difference.

City Council CEO Mark Cullinan and former mayor Susie Charles awarded the winning prize to UCLan, with Liverpool and Manchester Universities in fourth and fifth place respectively.