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WATER FUN DAY OUT!

PUBLISHED: 16:29 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:51 23 August 2010


Gravesend Regatta 7th June 2008 
Ladies of The George Inn , Queen Street , Gravesend
Just won heat 4 of the ladies point competition

Pictures by  ANDY BARNES

Gravesend Regatta 7th June 2008 Ladies of The George Inn , Queen Street , Gravesend Just won heat 4 of the ladies point competition Pictures by ANDY BARNES

Kentish Times

THOUSANDS of residents enjoyed a weekend in the sunshine at this year s Summer Regatta. Last Saturday and Sunday revellers watched a series of rowing races and enjoyed performances from bands and dance groups at the event on the Gordon Promenade, Gravese

THOUSANDS of residents enjoyed a weekend in the sunshine at this year's Summer Regatta.

Last Saturday and Sunday revellers watched a series of rowing races and enjoyed performances from bands and dance groups at the event on the Gordon Promenade, Gravesend.

Over the two days, organisers say that 6,000 people attended the event, with rowing teams from pubs, clubs and organisations across Gravesham taking part in the races.

Mike Fitzsimmons, vice president of the Gravesend Regatta Committee, the organisers of the event, said: "It was a very successful couple of days. The last couple of years we have been badly affected by the poor weather, but this year it was kind to us and far more people attended.

"This is the first year that we haven't had council funding to help us with staging the event, so I had to call in a few favours, but we were also supported by some of the people that had stalls over the weekend.

"Despite this, it didn't affect the success of the event."

A series of races were held over the two days, including the men's races on the Saturday, and the Women's and junior races on the Sunday.

A team from The George Inn in Queen Street, Gravesend won the men's race, and on Sunday, three ladies teams tied for first spot. The Crown and Thistle pub, based on the Terrace, Gravesend, had two teams placed as joint winners while The Waterloo, on Wellington Street, also topped the pile. The three victors were too tired to compete again on the day so another race is due to be organised sometime in the future.

The Lower Thames Challenge, which was a race of seven miles from Gravesend to the Higham Buoy and back, was won by the New Inn in Milton Road, Gravesend.

As well as the racing, there was a funfair, trade and charity stalls and entertainment from the Hamlands School of Dance, with singer Gary O'Connor entertaining the crowds on Sunday.

Next month is the Gravesend Town Regatta, also organised by the Gravesend Regatta Committee, which will form part of the Big Day Out Plus, sponsored by the Gravesend Reporter.The Lower Thames Challenge, which was a race of seven miles from Gravesend to the Higham Buoy and back, was won by the New Inn in Milton Road, Gravesend.

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