Gallery: Full sail for centenary regatta in Thorpeness

Long boats, short boats and all kinds of craft messed about on Thorpeness meare, as the village’s annual regatta opened in style.

The centenary event marks a milestone for the man-made meare, which opened in June 1913 before the very first impromptu regatta on the August bank holiday.

The traditional event began yesterday and continues today, culminating in a fireworks spectacular at dusk.

Coined “The Children’s Paradise”, the boating lake was an addition to barrister and playwright Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie’s fantasy village, with its curious islands inspired by Ogilvie’s friend and Peter Pan author JM Barrie.

A ceremony in June saw Ogilvie’s great-grandson, Glen, joined by Lord Huntingfield, whose great, great-uncle attended the launch as guest of honour in 1913.

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