Regatta Traditions

Committee members are often asked why some things occur when they do and why they’re called certain names. Well, it’s really just our way of paying our respects to those who’ve gone before, and who loved Regatta as much as we do. For example, our Sunday Funday is a relatively new concept as far as Regatta goes. Due to difficulties getting insurance cover we were unable to roll barrels up and down the street so ‘de-camped’ to Beer Albion Football Club ground at the Furzebrake. We started simply by inviting people to a “kite picnic” (bring a kite, bring a picnic and have a family day together) and because we’d always had children’s races up and down the street between rolling barrels it seemed a good idea to organise a few races “for the kiddies”. Children’s races have always been part of Regatta (they used to go up to White Cliff on Regatta afternoon). Robbie Driver, who ran in those very races, stepped up to organise and so “Robbie’s Races” came into being. Sadly Robbie, in his trademark white shorts and shirt, is no longer with us but his son Nick has now taken on the mantle, but we know Robbie is still with us in spirit.

So too is Michael “Wookie” Collier of “Zing Zong” fame. A Beer Boy who loved to sing and made the annual pilgrimage back to his home village every year to sing his heart out in whatever hostelry he found himself. He kept a small folded piece of paper in his pocket with a list of all the old Regatta favourites “Red sails in the sunset” “Roll a silver dollar” “You are my sunshine” The list is long and Wookie sang them all with gusto – and always finished with “Down in Devon”.

Our “opening” ceremony is observed on Thursday morning. Yes, of course that’s odd, until you remember that Regatta used to be one day only. Thursday – (half day closing) when stalls would line the cliff, bouquets would be presented and the flag would be unfurled so that another Regatta Day could be declared “Open”. I don’t know about you, but it’s these little idiosyncrasies that make Beer, and Regatta so special, so to quote a past chairman “Long Live Regatta” – quirkiness and all!!

Gayle Chapple

Beer Regatta 2019

Saturday 10th - Thursday 15th August

Regatta Day On:

Thursday 15th August

Beer Regatta Week Devon

He kept a small folded piece of paper in his pocket with a list of all the old Regatta favourites “Red sails in the sunset” “Roll a silver dollar” “You are my sunshine” The list is long and Wookie sang them all with gusto – and always finished with “Down in Devon”.

 

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