Long sporting tradition continues on the Stour

CAPTAINS: Former captains of Sudbury Rowing Club line up at the annual Good Friday opening. (From left:) Aidan Dunn (captain 2003-5), Tricia McGrillen (2000-02), Keith Paxman (2011-13), Andrew Blit (1996-98 and 2005-7), Lee Adams (2010-11), Mayor of Sudbury Jack Owen, Simon White (1989-90), Samuel Hogsbjerg (2002-3), Antony Moule (1986-7 and 1993-5), David Bull (2009-10), Mike Arnott (2007-8)
CAPTAINS: Former captains of Sudbury Rowing Club line up at the annual Good Friday opening. (From left:) Aidan Dunn (captain 2003-5), Tricia McGrillen (2000-02), Keith Paxman (2011-13), Andrew Blit (1996-98 and 2005-7), Lee Adams (2010-11), Mayor of Sudbury Jack Owen, Simon White (1989-90), Samuel Hogsbjerg (2002-3), Antony Moule (1986-7 and 1993-5), David Bull (2009-10), Mike Arnott (2007-8)
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Sudbury Rowing Club continued an 80-year tradition on Good Friday by holding a celebration to mark the opening of the new season.

These days, rowing is an all-year sport, but in the past it was only after Easter that the club raced.

To mark the start of the season, the Mayor of Sudbury, who always holds the role of president of the club, officially raises the club flag and members celebrate with beer and hot cross buns.

This year the event was sponsored by the new Sainsbury’s superstore.

Despite the cold, nearly 40 club members took part in races along Friars Meadow between teams chosen at random.

Mixed crews raced in eights, fours, doubles and singles, with ages ranging from 12 to 60, and competed for prizes of Easter eggs.

Hot cross buns and other refreshments were enjoyed by many relatives, friends and former members who came along knowing that they will always find the club celebrating on Good Friday.

Finally the mayor, Jack Owen, raised the club flag to continue the tradition for another year.