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PUBLISHED: 16:52 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 August 2010

WATER WAY TO GO: Competitors in last year’s regatta give it their all.

WATER WAY TO GO: Competitors in last year’s regatta give it their all.

THOUSANDS of spectators will hear the hum of classic scooters when this year s Mod-themed summer Regatta takes place at the weekend. The waterside at Gordon Promenade, Gravesend, is expected to be lined with revellers on Saturday and Sunday to watch the

THOUSANDS of spectators will hear the hum of classic scooters when this year's Mod-themed summer Regatta takes place at the weekend.

The waterside at Gordon Promenade, Gravesend, is expected to be lined with revellers on Saturday and Sunday to watch the 163rd annual Gravesend Town Regatta.

This year's theme is cult mod movie Quadrophenia and the event will feature a live performance by Mod bands As is Now at 2pm on Saturday and Tyrannosaurus Alan at 4.30pm on Sunday. During both days a huge display of classic Vespa and Lambretta scooters are expected to appear.

There will also be a disco, dancing performances and a host of stalls.

Mike Fitzsimons, vice president of the Gravesend Regatta committee, said: "It should be a really good weekend. It's a real longstanding tradition in Gravesend and people should bring their families along and have a fun day out.

"It's all happening on the promenade and promises something for everyone.

River racing starts at about 10am on both days and with more rowing teams than ever the programme will see a race starting about every 30 minutes.

Mr Fitzsimmons said: "You can see the rowing from the shore when they start, turn and finish and it's really exciting to see the teams competing against one another." The summer boating season started on May 24 with Gravesend Regatta committee holding its first 2009 fixture, the Pre-Season Scratch Race.

This involves newer rowers joining old hands to get a feel of what a full regatta is like. Eight races were held throughout the afternoon and the final winners were Steve Cason, Pip Mester, Ash Cutler and Paulette McGinley while Cox of the day was Chris Wynn.

Last Sundaysaw a new race being rowed from Erith to Gravesend. Ladies teams from The Crown and Thistle, The Prince Albert and The Waterloo pubs raced back over the 11 mile course.

The Crown and Thistle 'A' team came in first followed by Crown and Thistle 'B', The Waterloo and The Prince Albert.

All events at the regatta are free of charge.


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