A team of Stroud Town Councillors proved they could all paddle in the same direction regardless of their political differences.
Their paddles may have been a motley collection of shovels, handmade wooden paddles and a garden rake but the team of seven completed the Stroud Raft Race.
It was almost a case of Mayor overboard with Kevin Cranston stood as the team was about to cross the finish line.
But political equilibrium was regained and the team finished ninth – out of nine that completed the race.
Captained by Jim Thomson the team included fellow councillors Kevin Cranston, Camilla Hale, Alan Sage, Steven Naumann, John Bloxsom and Simon Arundel.
“While the council’s boat did lurch to the right a couple of times in the water, this shouldn’t be interpreted as an indication of politics or of policy,” said Captain Jim Thomson.
“And if it is to be interpreted that way, it should be noted in explanation that these rightward lurches only happened because those on the left were working so enthusiastically and energetically.”
The race started and finished at Wallbridge Lock. It was the first to be staged since 1985.
The town council’s raft was made out of barrels loaned from the Stonehouse Paper and Bag Mills, string and wood from the big pile at the back of Councillor Haydn Sutton’s house.
Councillor Thomson said it was more of a race of endurance.
“If you think of the race as an endurance event rather than as a speed event, then we won: our boat was on the water for the longest,” he said.
The event raised funds for the Cotswold Canals Trust and Meningitis Now.
“We would like to say a big thank you to the organisers, the crowds, the sunshine and the Stroud Valley Canoe Club who kept order on the day,” said Councillor Thomson. “Also congratulations to the winners, the Stonehouse Rotary Club.”