PREPARATIONS are well under way as hundreds of people get set to line the banks of the River Trent for one of the highlights of Burton’s sporting and social calendar.
Rowing teams from across the country will descend on the town for Burton Regatta at the Regatta Meadows, on the Trent Washlands, next weekend on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13.
The event, organised by the Burton Amateur Regatta Association, Burton Leander Rowing Club and Trent Rowing Club, will feature river races and several other attractions.
Saturday will feature a 1,100-metre race followed up by the ‘Burton Sprint’, which is 700 metres, on Sunday.
Richard Gipson, entries secretary, spoke to the Mail about the preparations.
He said: “I am pleased to say that work ahead of Burton Regatta is gathering apace.
“The event will take place on July 12 and 13 with the normal set-up races on the Saturday and Sunday.
“We expect there to be quite a few entries to the race and the draw ahead of the event will be held and announced on Monday, July 8.
“We now have our fingers crossed in the hope of getting some good weather.
“The river level is a bit low so we could do with some rain, but not so much that the Washlands flood and we have to cancel like we did a couple of years ago.
“Soon people will see East Staffordshire Borough Council preparing the land near to the River Trent and, on the Friday before, we will start moving on to the Washlands and getting ready for the big event.”
The event was first held in 1865, making the regatta one of the oldest sporting occasions in the country and one of the largest on Burton’s entire sporting calendar.
More information is available by visiting www.burtonregatta.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org