Thousands attend Marlow Town Regatta and Festival

Tara O'Connor

Tara O'Connor

Hundreds of races took place on the River Thames as part of a regatta and festival with a ‘huge history’.

Marlow Town Regatta and Festival took place in Higginson Park over the weekend.

More than 4,000 people attended the first day of the event on Saturday, featuring the rowing races, while canoe and dragon boat racing and entertainment, which was free to attend, attracted similar crowds on the Sunday.

David Hudson, head of sales and marketing, said: “The arena has been filled with lots and lots of acts.

“The highlight for me was the duck herding – the audience was absolutely enthralled.”

He added: “The regatta dates back to 1855 so it has got a huge history.”

The event in its current form was started in 2000.

David said the committee would plan a big party for its 18th year in two years’ time, an idea put forward by Lady Ann Redgrave, wife of former Olympic rower Sir Steve, when she opened the event on Saturday morning.

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