Debris cleared from Wear to allow Durham regatta to take place

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A FULL regatta looks set to go ahead in Durham City next month after debris was cleared from the River Wear.

There were fears the long course events would have to be cancelled, after a landslip left a tree jutting into the river near Kingsgate Bridge.

Workmen removing fallen trees after a landslide on the banks of the river Wear at Durham, pictures taken from Kingsgate Bridge.

Workmen removing fallen trees after a landslide on the banks of the river Wear at Durham, pictures taken from Kingsgate Bridge.

Workmen used an inflatable boat to reach the tree yesterday, and cut it into pieces with chainsaws.

Regatta secretary Dave Oliver said: “We had to get permission from the Dean and Chapter at Durham Cathedral to remove the tree.

“It had fallen into the river with a good section of the St Oswald’s vicarage garden.

“Work is also being done to the section of footpath near Pelaw Woods that had been closed.”

Charly Curtis, head of the regatta race committee, added: “There was no way with the tree as it stood that you could get two racing eights side by side through that part of the river.

“Steering through Elvet Bridge and around the corner is difficult enough without any obstructions.”

The 180th Durham Regatta will take place on June 8 and 9.

Races start throughout both days from the section of the river beside the Racecourse Field, off Green Lane.

Added attractions this year include a beer festival and classic car rally.