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‘Record year’ for Woodbridge Regatta as hundreds celebrate town’s maritime heritage

PUBLISHED: 18:52 16 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:52 16 July 2017

The traditional raft race for youth groups at the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The traditional raft race for youth groups at the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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A Suffolk riverside town’s celebration of its rich maritime history is reported to have been a “record year”.

Crowds at the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTCrowds at the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The dinghy and yacht races take to the water at the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTThe dinghy and yacht races take to the water at the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The 179th Woodbridge Regatta today saw hundreds turn out for an afternoon of music, sailing, fun and games – all raising funds for good causes.

The Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTThe Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

This year's was the 179th annual regatta. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTThis year's was the 179th annual regatta. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds were reported to be gathering an hour before the event opened and organisers reported a steady stream of visitors throughout the event.

Organisers said it was a record year. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTOrganisers said it was a record year. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Woodbridge Lions, which runs the ever-popular charity duck race, sold out of yellow rubber entries, with more than 1,000 taking to the water at the end of the afternoon.

The traditional raft race for youth groups at the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTThe traditional raft race for youth groups at the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Eat My Pop entertain at the Woodbridge Cruising Club as part of the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTEat My Pop entertain at the Woodbridge Cruising Club as part of the Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Regatta committee chairman Geoff Holdcroft said it had been a “record year”.

“It’s been a wonderful afternoon, everyone has enjoyed themselves and we’ve even been spared the rain,” he added.

“The regatta is all about Woodbridge coming together to celebrate its riverside heritage.”

Competitive events included a raft race, won by 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts.

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