Here we are again and another year has gone by, where did that go? For the Basin this year is special. As you would have seen from posters and local’s polo shirts we are 225 years old! Basiner’s do not need much of an excuse to have a party and a number have already been held. The Regatta is one of our main events and by buying a programme, a raffle ticket or two and a burger you are helping us continue with a custom that goes back many generations. We now run over Saturday and Sunday, such is the popularity of this traditional waterside Regatta.
Saturday’s events would have been familiar to a visitor of a hundred years ago. Smack racing,rowing events and on shore, cake making, and other competitions in the tent. Finishing the day with the greasy pole!
Sunday starts with the scavenger hunt for the children and an entertainer and then the serious business of welly wanging! The highlight of the day is the raft race with a trophy for first home and a prize for best fancy dress. This event has become very popular with a class for adults and juniors. There are some basic rules which you will find in the programme – in short you all have to be on the raft!
As you can imagine, this all takes a lot of organizing and my thanks, once again, go to the Committee for their hard work throughout year and to that band of helpers on the day.
I hope you enjoy your day or two with us and if possible, compete in some of the events.
Keith Lawson Chairman