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Success at 181st Durham Regatta spectacular

An early damp start for these rowers at the Durham Regatta on Saturday morning, but the mist and drizzle cleared eventually for this popular annual event in the social calendar.

An early damp start for these rowers at the Durham Regatta on Saturday morning, but the mist and drizzle cleared eventually for this popular annual event in the social calendar.

THE River Wear played host to the 181st Durham Regatta at the weekend as teams battled it out to pull their boats first over the line.

Spectators watched the races as crews from across the UK competed between Prebends Bridge to Pelaw Wood.

The racecouse field also hosted performances of live music from local bands including Pittington Brass Band, Durham Music Service and Runaway Samba in the bandstand, as well as trade stands, drumming workshops, a classic car show featuring a Jaguar and Daimlers rally, climbing wall and sporting demonstrations.

Guests enjoyed the spectacle, including Echo editor John Szymanski.

Families were also invited to take part in arts and crafts.

The weekend also saw the 1954 Durham School’s winning crew reunite to mark six decades since their victory in The Grand race, as well as The Wharton contest during that year’s regatta.

The event’s origins date back to 1815 when a procession of boats was held by the Sheriff of County Durham and the Right Honorable William Lloyd Wharton to celebrate the victory at Waterloo.

Next year’s regatta will mark 200 years since Waterloo and the team behind the weekend say they are planning a spectacular celebration.

 

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