In pictures: Hurley Regatta

Hannah Crouch


The fun and chaos of Hurley Regatta returned for yet another year on Saturday.

Hundreds of people were brave enough to take part in the various races which were held between Hurley Lock and Harleyford Marina.

Crowds in their thousands gathered on the banks of the river to watch a number of serious and fun races.

This included a raft race where participants began constructing their vessels at midday and then later raced them.

There was also the ‘Damsel in Distress’ race where women had to jump ship into their saviours' arms.

Entertainment was provided by the popular dragon boat race.

Groups of 16, plus a drummer and someone to steer, battled it down the Thames in a fast-paced and dramatic race.

On dry land visitors to the regatta could enjoy a funfair or take part in the pet racing and water carrying competitions.

Money generated from the event is donated to charity.

Since it started 44 years ago, a total of £73,000 has been handed out to various good causes.

Braywick Heath Nurseries, which helps get people into work, was this year's chosen charity.

Chairman Martin Fry said: "It has all gone very well, the weather has not been brilliant but at least it has stayed dry.

"There has been a great mix of serious and fun events and it is looking to be another successful year."

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