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Pictures: Thousands enjoy Shrewsbury Regatta

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Thousands flocked to the River Severn to soak up the sunshine at the annual regatta event in Shrewsbury.

The event, which starts each year at Pengwern Boat Club, saw hundreds take to the river for races between the English Bridge and boathouses opposite The Quarry over the weekend.

Supporters lined the banks of the river to cheer on the rowers with about 86 races held each day.

Michael Ratcliff, from Pengwern Boat Club, said: "It has all gone really well, we have had some beautiful weather and it has gone on time for most of the races.

"We have had some very good races and the river has been a very busy scene with competitors taking their boats in and out of the water, doing some practices and warm-ups, it has been fantastic."

Competitors from as far as The Netherlands took part, with the youngest rowers aged 13.

Mr Ratcliff added that about 2,000 people took to the water and organisers were thrilled to see it bounce back following last year's cancellation.

He said: "We had to cancel last year because the river flooded. It was a real disappointment and we had to refund everyone their entry fees.

"Some had made the journey to come here but it was a last minute thing to cancel as you really can't tell what the weather will do.

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"We are so glad this many people stuck with it and supported us again this year.

"It is more or less the same support as it was the previous year."

The Shrewsbury Regatta is one of the oldest events in the rowing calendar, first held in 1871 and each year attracts competitors from all over the country as well as some from abroad.

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