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

PUBLISHED: 16:41 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 18 June 2018

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

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 GARRODRacing on the River Deben at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: 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 GARRODMembers of Pretty Grim Border Morris who performed at Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD

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

Visitors to the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARRODVisitors to the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD

Members of Woodbridge Rotary Club at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARRODMembers of Woodbridge Rotary Club at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD

The Felix Stowaways shanty band performing at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARRODThe Felix Stowaways shanty band performing at the Woodbridge Regatta Picture: SUE GARROD

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

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

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

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