Jolly boating weather at the 2017 Durham Regatta

There were some ominous dark clouds around on Sunday at the Durham Regatta, but thankfully is remained largely dry…

It’s supposed to be ‘flaming June’, but on the Saturday it was anything but on the first day of the annual Durham Regatta. Leaden skies and heavy rain for most of the day put paid to picnics along the course of the regatta between Baths Bridge and Pelaw Woods. Sunday saw an improvement, of sorts, in the weather, in that it remained mostly dry and there was even the odd glimpse of sunshine at times.

Durham Regatta dates all the way back to 1834 and it is the second oldest regatta in the United Kingdom after Chester Regatta. In fact it is older than Henley Royal Regatta by 5 years!

The Durham Regatta has its roots in an procession of boats that took place each year between Prebends Bridge and the Old Durham Beck. The annual spectacle commemorated the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the battle of Waterloo.

Watching the boats go by… visitors to the Durham Regatta at one of the riverside boat landings, watching the passing boats and crews as they make their way up to the start line at Pelaw Woods.

 

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestant Matthew Hunt bringing smiles to Durham Regatta with his act ‘Musical Ruth’. He was singing and performing a musical mix of the gospel hymn Kumbaya and Chaka Khan’s chart hit ‘I Feel For You’… totally mad and very funny!

 

Chilling out at St Hild’s College boat landing (I think the sofa is from the students’ common room!).
Baths Bridge is always a popular place to watch the competing teams as they close in on the finishing line