The World Tin Bath Championships, held annually in Castletown since 1971, will be represented at the star-studded Carfest North in July with support from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.


The three-day festival, the brainchild of BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans, is being held at Bolesworth Estate, Cheshire, featuring musical artists including Busted, Deacon Blue, Manic Street Preachers, Texas and The Vamps.


As the name suggests, Carfest will also feature a stunning array of cars, plus plenty of family fun.


Among the attractions will be a chance to try out tin bath racing under the guidance of the Castletown Ale Drinkers Society, organisers of the annual World Championships.


A team of 10 from CADS will head to Carfest North with tin baths, and the Steam Packet Company is helping by assisting with travel costs.


CADS Chairman Chris Callow explained: ‘We were approached by the Carfest organisers to see if we could help run tin bath racing in the estate’s lake, where loads of activities are planned for the festival. Some of the organisers saw the World Championships when they were in the Isle of Man last year and thought it could be a great addition to Carfest’s programme.


‘We were delighted to get involved as it is an opportunity not just to promote the Isle of Man, but also to support Carfest as it raises money for Children in Need. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Steam Packet Company for assisting with the travel costs so we can take our team of 10 and the tin baths over.’


A series of heats will be held over the weekend, with a grand final on the final day, 30th July.


Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The World Tin Bath Championships are a huge event for the Isle of Man, and have delighted people from all around the world over the years so it’s no wonder the Carfest organisers were keen to include tin bath racing.


‘This is a great opportunity for CADS to share this fun event with an even bigger audience, as well as helping to support Children in Need, so we are delighted to be able to assist the team, and hope they have a great time.’