Historic Suffolk regatta was a ‘wonderful day out for all the family’

A record number of entrants took part in the Woodbridge Regatta Raft Race Picture: ROBIN GARROD

A record number of entrants took part in the Woodbridge Regatta Raft Race Picture: ROBIN GARROD - Credit: Robin Garrod

A Suffolk riverside town celebrated its rich maritime traditions during a record-breaking regatta.

Racing on the River Deben at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: ROBIN GARROD

Racing on the River Deben at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: ROBIN GARROD - Credit: Robin Garrod

Organisers of the 180th Woodbridge Regatta reported another successful event, despite Sunday’s poor weather.

Regatta chairman Geoff Holdcroft said many turned out to enjoy the festivities, including record-breaking entries in the Raft Race, which was won by 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts.

“It was a wonderful day out for all the family, and the fact it was Father’s Day made it all the more special,” he added.

This year’s regatta featured a variety of races as well as boat, yacht and dinghy rides on the River Deben, performances including sea shanties and morris dancing as well as stalls, games and the ever popular Duck Race.

Members of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD

Members of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD - Credit: Sue Garrod


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Mr Holdcroft said the event was a great opportunity to celebrate Woodbridge’s maritime heritage and its association with the River Deben.

Members of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD

Members of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD - Credit: Sue Garrod

Members of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD

Members of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD - Credit: Sue Garrod

Members of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD

Members of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD - Credit: Sue Garrod

Winners of the Woodbridge Regatta Raft Race, 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts, pictured with Regatta Chairm

Winners of the Woodbridge Regatta Raft Race, 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts, pictured with Regatta Chairman Geoff Holdcroft Picture: ROBIN GARROD - Credit: Robin Garrod

Deben Rotary Club members at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: ROBIN GARROD

Deben Rotary Club members at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: ROBIN GARROD - Credit: Robin Garrod

The start of the Duck Race at this year's Woodbridge Regatta Picture: ROBIN GARROD

The start of the Duck Race at this year's Woodbridge Regatta Picture: ROBIN GARROD - Credit: Robin Garrod

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Some of the action at this year's Woodbridge Regatta Duck Race Picture: ROBIN GARROD

Some of the action at this year's Woodbridge Regatta Duck Race Picture: ROBIN GARROD - Credit: Robin Garrod

Indoor rowing the equivalent of Woodbridge to Stratclyde at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: ROBIN GARROD

Indoor rowing the equivalent of Woodbridge to Stratclyde at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: ROBIN GARROD - Credit: Robin Garrod

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