Gallery: Organisers are thrilled with turnout to Woodbridge Regatta

Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Father and son at the boat pond. Left to right, Scott and Dom

Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Father and son at the boat pond. Left to right, Scott and Dominic Brightman. - Credit: Archant

Organisers are pleased with the turnout to the annual Woodbridge Regatta which offered a range of activities for families to enjoy by the river.

Yesterday’s event saw a variety of different races on the water, including dinghy and sculling races, there were river boat trips in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and a children’s crabbing competition.

Other activities included the Woodbridge & District Lions Club duck dive in the model yacht pond, a model yacht regatta and raft building and racing.

A children’s activity centre in the bandstand saw youngsters get creative with crafts and they could have their faces painted.

Meanwhile, musical entertainment was provided by the Hasbeens Skiffle Group and Woodbridge Churches Together performed Songs of Praise.

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Geoff Holdcroft, chairman of the Woodbridge Regatta committee, saidthere had been a “really good turn out,” estimating 3,000 or 4,000 people had come along.

Doreen Pegg, who is on the committee, said: “It’s been a very successful day. We have had lots and lots of people who have attended.”

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Mr Holdcroft said Woodbridge Air Training Corps won the raft race and Paul Masters won the sculling race.

He said the Tide Mill had also been open and people could visit it free of charge.

He described Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair as “fun for all the family”.

Mrs Pegg said the event raised money for one of the local youth groups, Just 42, adding a number of charities also had stalls at the event.

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