Saturday, 31 July 2021

Boat rally cancelled due to flooding in meadow

THIS year’s Thames Traditional Boat Rally has been cancelled due to flooding.

The two-day display of traditional boats was due to take place at Fawley Meadows on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20.

But an area covering about a third of the upper meadow is still flooded after heavy rain earlier this year.

Organisers carried out an inspection of the site last week and decided it was unlikely the land would dry out in time for the 36th annual event.

Tony Goodhead, chairman of the organising committee, said: “Last winter was the wettest for more than 60 years and the upper meadow at Fawley was completely flooded.

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