THERE was hardly a viewing spot left along the promenade as thousands descended on Mudeford quay for the annual RNLI Funday this weekend.

The free event was greeted with scorching sunshine and big crowds as a wide range of attractions took place on Sunday.

Held annually, the event raises vital money for the voluntary service, which operates at Mudeford's RNLI station.

The popular raft race anchored the day and this year it was filled with a strong range of entries from various businesses and organisations, who all competed in two heats and a final.

Strong tides caused problems for crews getting to the start, but once racing began they were propelled down the Run at great speed.

This year's raft race was won by Acclaim Building Services after a competitive series of battles down the Run.

The racing was followed by demonstrations from the RNLI crew and HM's Coastguard, with a helicopter paying a visit to the area.

Capping off the day, a special Spitfire flypast entertained spectators, before it was the turn of the duck race to take to the water in a more relaxed style of racing.

The funday has become so popular finding a parking space in Mudeford proved challenging for many.

Away from the events on the water and in the sky, there was a host of fun fair rides and stalls on the quay and green.

The event is a vital fundraiser for the Mudeford RNLI station and it provides a key financial boost to support the work they do all year round.