December 6 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
More than 500 people set off on the annual Sudbury to the Sea event this weekend.
The two-day, 25-mile journey from Sudbury to Cattawade on the River Stour is held every September to celebrate the navigability and heritage of the waterway running along the Essex-Suffolk border.
The event, which sees people camp overnight at Wissington near Nayland, is run by the River Stour Trust.
Chairman Andrew Richardson said: “The popularity of this event shows what can be be achieved when you make a river accessible to people.
“Sudbury to the Sea started off in the 1960s as an act of trepass, as a venture to ensure the river was kept navigable and even eight or nine years ago there were only 60 or 70 boats taking part. People enjoyed it and kept coming back year after year and brought their friends. Today we see more families and children taking part.”
“We now cap the event at 300 boats and over the past few years we have had to turn people away.”
Mr Richardson, who was intially inspired to join the Trust after taking part in a Sudbury to the Sea event a decade or so ago, added: “It is a beautiful river and there are parts of it that can only really be reached by water.”
The video shows some participants emerging from Cornard Lock which is about a mile fromn the start at Sudbury.