DITTISHAM VILLAGE VOICE AUGUST 12 2011
The Quay at Dittisham looked very festive with bunting festooned all along the houses and down the Pier. There was a roaring trade at the stalls where everything from Ugandan handicrafts to hand made homecraft and jewelry to delicious home cooked muffins and cup cakes were being sold. The children’s craft tent was also a huge success. The BBQ in aid of our drama society, Ditsum Players, had a line all day long and the Ferry Boat Inn got through 22 barrels of beer. Then, there was the Regatta itself. It was a perfect day for sailing and rowing. Towards mid afternoon the tide was going out strongly but the coxed pairs and the whalers rowed valiantly against it. The Tide being out early did leave more space on the crowded foreshore for the tug of war and this year there was a new idea. The winning 8 adults pulled against a motley line up of about 16 children. In the confusion and fun it was hard to tell who the winners were. The Sea Shanty band The Nauti Buoys rounded off the afternoon and some tinies were dancing in the mud to their music. Thanks to Martin Walker, chairman of the Regatta, and all his team for yet again producing a brilliant day.