THERE was an unlikely winner at Redcar Races today - the Jamaican blobsled team.

The team - featuring Claire Barnes, Andrew Lodge, Darren Fields and Paul Edwards, all from Middlesbrough - won the adult fancy dress competition on Caribbean Carnival Day at the seaside track.

The fancy dress contest was one of the highlights of the day as the Jolly Roger was hoisted high above the racecourse.

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Seven races drew a good crowd to the racetrack, and fairground rides, bouncy castles, and live Caribbean music from North Tyneside Steel Band provided plenty of entertainment.

Dozens of racegoers also joined in the fun, turning-up in Caribbean costumes, determined to win booty in the fancy dress competitions.

The Jamaican bobsled team were thrilled with their win, and surprised the judges when they revealed that they didn’t all even know each other.

“It was complete coincidence," said Claire. “I came as a Jamaican bobsledder for my mate’s hen do, and we just ran into these guys who were also dressed in the Jamaican colours. We had a good laugh, but then we realised we might stand a better chance if we joined forces, and it worked.”

Second prize went to Captain Hook, Davey Yates, from Sunderland, while Nicola Bourne, from Middlesbrough, was third.

In the children’s fancy dress Competition, first place was deservedly won by six year-old pirate Olivia Nurse, from Wynyard. Olivia was delighted, and thanked mum Melanie for help with her costume, and her Auntie Kerry for doing her pirate make-up.

Logan Kermode, aged just three, from Middlesbrough was second, and last year's winner Jamie Black, from Cumbria, third.

General Manager Amy Fair said: “The Caribbean Carnival is one of our favourite events of the year, and just looking at how people have joined in the fun and really dived into the spirit of the day, it’s not hard to see why.Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a special and enjoyable day.”