Sadness as Durham Regatta cancelled due to bad weather

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DURHAM Regatta’s organisers have spoken of their sadness after weather forced them to cancel the weekend of races for the first occasion since wartime.

 Saturday and yesterday’s programme of events along the River Wear should have been the 179th event in the history of the “Henley of the North”.

 But those in charge called off the competition as water levels rose and the rain hammered down.

 Event organisers say they are now turning their attentions to planning the next regatta.

 Nigel van Zwanenberg, chairman of the regatta, said: “The decision to cancel the Regatta on both Saturday and Sunday is unprecedented.

 “This is a ‘first’ that none of us wanted.

 “As far as anyone can tell, and we have one member who has been to 59 Durham regattas, not even one day of the regatta has ever been lost before.

 “Indeed, it previously took a world war to prevent the regatta from taking place.

 “The rain was so concentrated that despite everyone’s best hopes, there were no alternatives to calling the racing off.”