Despite it being one of the wettest Marlow Town Regattas and Festivals in recent memory, thousands of people from all over the country came and witnessed the two-day event at Higginson Park.

Packed with several activities such as live music, boat racing and a fun fair, lots of people enjoyed the weekend’s festivities.

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The popular annual event was this year opened by Sir Steve Redgrave's wife, Lady Ann Redgrave, on Saturday morning.

One of the highlights of this year's outing for many was witnessing the Marlow-based band Muddy Duck in action on the main stage.

The band, who consist of Archie Hill, 15 (drums), Lily Gvero, 15 (vocals), Michael Webb, 17 (bass) and John Akhurst, 17 (guitar), won Buckinghamshire’s Battle of Bands competition in March and were the first act to perform.

They showcased tunes their self-penned tunes such as Twist, Light and Vagrants and received an incredible ovation from the crowd.

Guitarist John Akhurst said: “We feel appreciated it as it shows that we’re doing the right thing.

“We want to make people feel something so if they’re jumping about then we’ve succeeded in what we’ve wanted to do.

He then added: “In a few weeks’ time, we’ve got a gig on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then on the Monday is my first exam for predicted grades for university, so it’s going to be a very busy week.”

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As well as many bands and festival goers at the regatta, there were lots of different food shops on offer which included the Ice Cream Queen, who recently topped our Readers Recommend for best ice cream shop in Wycombe.

Owner Joel Feltwell said: “We certainly feel privileged being here today and it was a real surprise to win the Readers Recommend.

“My husband and I were inspired after we travelled across Asia (Thailand and Vietnam), so we’re very happy about that and it I’m thankful towards everyone who took out the time out to vote for us.

“Also, we’re a new company as we only started a couple of months ago, and I think we’re doing well as we’re quite unique and different.”

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And for Steven and Jane Galvin, who have attended both the town’s regatta and regatta festival for the last 30 years, it didn’t matter if it was rain or shine, as they couldn’t miss this year’s festivities.

Steven said: “We just enjoy the ambiance of it, and we have friends who came all over the country to visit it as we’ve got friends from Somerset, Suffolk, London and Northampton.

“We’ve been here when the weather was awful, when the weather was great, and we come every year as we love it.”