Photos: Crowds flock to Bideford Water Festival

Taking on the greasy pole at Bideford water festival 2013. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Taking on the greasy pole at Bideford water festival 2013. Pic: Graham Hobbs. - Credit: Archant

The event on the Quay saw visitors enjoy activities on and off of the water.

Taking on the greasy pole at Bideford water festival 2013. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Taking on the greasy pole at Bideford water festival 2013. Pic: Graham Hobbs. - Credit: Archant

BIDEFORD celebrated its annual water festival on Sunday with a packed schedule including rescues, competitions and racing.

Taking on the greasy pole at Bideford water festival 2013. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Taking on the greasy pole at Bideford water festival 2013. Pic: Graham Hobbs. - Credit: Archant

The Chivenor Sea King and RNLI lifeboats performed a rescue demonstration and daring visitors took part in a greasy pole competition.

The free event on Bideford Quay also saw people try out stand up paddleboarding with Go Watersports and browse a display of classic cars.

Thrill seekers enjoyed funfair rides and a mammoth duck race saw rubber ducks speed along the Torridge towards the fountain on the Quay.


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The event, put on by Bideford Rotary Club, was held in aid of the Appledore and Clovelly RNLI, the Children’s Hospice South West, the Chivernor Memorial Garden and other Rotary charities.

Gail Hickman, of the Rotary Club, said crowds of people were at the event throughout the whole day.

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She said: “The young sailors put on a brilliant display and we had about 600 entries in the duck race.

“The only thing that didn’t happen as scheduled was the gig racing, which was a shame.

“It was all officially opened by the Mayor and overall it was just a resounding success and extremely well attended.”

Photos: To see more pictures from the day, click the gallery on the right of the page.

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