After a short break, the banks of the River Ouse are welcoming back the Bedford Regatta this weekend, signalling the resuming of side-by-side rowing racing.
The first official Regatta took place in August 1853, making this event one of the oldest sporting events in the town and one of the most respected Regattas nationwide.
Regatta Secretary, Hugh Maltby commented on the return of the event, returning to the water after three years because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“After a three-year gap in racing, we are looking forward to welcoming competitors and spectators from around the country back to the Embankment to experience the unique atmosphere of the Regatta.
“With races every two minutes from 8.30am to 7.30pm we have a packed schedule and the likelihood of some close and exciting racing.
“The best place to shout on the crews is the Regatta Enclosure located next to the Suspension Bridge, where hot and cold refreshments are also available. We also welcome back the South African Schools Rowing Association, giving the event an international feel.”
More information on tickets, races and the myriad of events that are taking place can be found on the Bedford Regatta website.