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EVENT REPORT AND GALLERY: July Weekender

24 July 2017

Beating Of The Bounds and the Cresswell Carnival

Despite some up and down weather, the rain subsided for two cracking events on one of the most popular weekends in this year's boating calendar.

On Saturday, boats of all shapes and sizes made their way to Cresswell Quay for the Cresswell River Carnival! The boats, including many in fancy dress, convoyed from Lawrenny to Creswell Quay before music and drinks on the quayside. Over 30 boats made the trip up the river this year creating a fantastic carnival atmosphere. A big thank you to Lawrenny Yacht Club for their support with this event. 

Sunday saw a procession of boats travel up to Haverfordwest for the annual Beating of the Bounds ceremony. Port patrol boat Dynevor carried the dignitaries, including the Mayor as Admiral of the Port of Haverfordwest, as part of the annual 'rights of fishery' exercise at "the white stone" at the town's riverside boundary. This ancient custom was enjoyed by a big flotilla of boats including a number of berth holders who witnessed ceremonies afloat and on the Quay at the Bristol Trader. Among the festivities, crowds were treated to a pantomime moment when one gentleman became spread eagled between the RIB and the quay! Fortunately, he was able to hold on and avoid falling in the water (much to the crowd's disappointment!). According the the MHPA Water Ranger, this year's event saw the biggest water attendance in recent years!

A big thank you to everyone who came and helped support the events!

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