Spirits at annual Sudbury Regatta not dampened by thunder and lightning

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

A crowd of around 2,000 people flocked to the banks of the River Stour today to watch the 137th annual Sudbury Regatta, despite thunder and lighting delaying proceedings for an hour.

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of rowers from across the UK took part in the event at Friars Meadow on Saturday, which is organised by Sudbury Rowing Club, with more than 200 races on the bill.

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

The inclement weather halted racing for an hour early in the day, but it did not dampen the spirits of competitors or spectators, who took shelter while the storm cleared.

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Nicola Swift, regatta secretary, said: “Racing was delayed for about an hour for the thunder and lighting but everyone stayed to enjoy themselves.

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

“These rowers are stalwarts and they would not let a storm spoil the regatta. I would say around 2,000 people attended over the course of the day and it’s going really well.”

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Sudbury Rowing Club annual Regatta on the River Stour. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

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