Beer Regatta 2021 – A Return to our Roots….
The AGM took place on Monday 15th March and the Committee made the decision to take a cautious approach to Regatta this year, even if there are no restrictions in place after June. We hope to hold something of a ‘Halfway House’ event, with more activities than last year but without the indoor events or the large events that draw a crowd, all subject to further government announcements of course.
Looking at the Beer Regatta Programmes Archive on our website, from the earliest one back in 1925 right through to the 1950’s, all these programmes are titled ‘Beer Regatta and Sports’ and we are hopeful we can resurrect this theme this year, with sailing, rowing, hopefully the running races, to mention just a few of the events that are built on the traditions of past Regattas – outdoor, spread out and low risk.
We hope we can create some Regatta Week atmosphere with the flags flying in Fore Street again, perhaps a bit of music in the village, outside entertainment and craft events for the children, and other events that we hope will also be viable, although final decisions will not be made until much nearer the time.
The events we have decided not to go ahead with include the Barrel Rolling, the Regatta Dance, Bingo, Spoofing, Decorated Rafts, the Children’s Fancy Dress Competition – although we are working on an alternative Fancy Dress Competition in place of this – and the fireworks. We know some people will be disappointed that Regatta won’t be back to normal this summer, however we expect the village to be extremely busy again and we want to make sure that the events we run are focused on keeping everyone safe. We are very mindful of our responsibilities as event organisers, and respectful that many people may still be wary of large gatherings taking place in the village, even if they are legally permitted by then, so we hope you will understand why we have taken these decisions.
We have also decided not to produce a glossy Regatta Programme this year – we plan to put details of events online and have posters in the village, like we did last summer, and possibly produce a simple leaflet to keep people informed – another nod to the Regattas of the past perhaps. As last year, we will not ask local businesses for sponsorship or advertising – we appreciate how generous these businesses have been in contributing to Regatta year after year and it would not be right to approach them for financial support at this time; there will not be a Grand Draw.
As 2021 is going to be another modified Regatta we want to brand it (like we did with Regatta Remotely) so people are aware that it is going to feel different. We will be launching a competition soon where you can vote on the best branding suggestions……….so keep an eye on our Facebook page!
2021 - Regatta week starts on Saturday 14th August 2021
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