THE ROW MUST GO ON
PUBLISHED: 16:17 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 23 August 2010
HUNDREDS of boat racing fans attended the borough s final regatta of the season at the weekend. The New Shrimpers Regatta was held at the Gravesend Promenade on Saturday and Sunday, where spectators watched 12 different racing events. This year the annu
HUNDREDS of boat racing fans attended the borough's final regatta of the season at the weekend.
The New Shrimpers Regatta was held at the Gravesend Promenade on Saturday and Sunday, where spectators watched 12 different racing events.
This year the annual event, along with the Gravesend Summer Regatta in June, were organised without the help of funding from Gravesham Borough council.
Council bosses have cut grants to some voluntary and charitable organisations, but continue to sponsor the annual Town Regatta that forms part of the Big Day Out Plus weekend. Tim Hart, 40, the chairman of the New Shrimpers Regatta, said: "This year we struggled through the lack of funding, and we had to pay out a lot of money ourselves to stage the event.
"Before it even began two oars broke, which will cost £300 each to replace, and the cost of extra things like security all adds up to a lot of money.
"We have had to rely on raising money where we can, we have had nothing from the council. We didn't let it ruin the day though, everybody enjoyed themselves.
"Over the last couple of years that has put people off coming, but more people decided to turn up this time to take part and watch the regatta. Considering everything, it was a success.
"Although it was hard to raise the money we needed, we will definitely continue next year as well, even if it means we have the Shrimpers Regatta without anything else."
The 12 finals saw the Terrace Tavern winning the Men's Trades Final, the Men's Pubs Final and the Men's Premier Race.
The Crown and Thistle won three races - the Ladies' Novices, the Ladies' pubs and the Ladies' clubs finals.
The Men's clubs final was won by the New Inn, the Ladies' Race was won by The George, and the mixed race was won by Old Gravesendians. Bar 24 won the ladies consolation race. Kenny Miller, Mick Ramsey, Steve Cason, Guy Bishop and Cox Colin Smith romped to victory in the Veterans' Race.