NORTHWICH Rowing Club celebrated their spring regatta’s 125th anniversary in style with an impressive total of nine victories on the River Weaver.

The host club, which was bathed in glorious sunshine on Bank Holiday Monday, invited more than 200 crews from across the country to their prestigious event which was also attended by the town’s mayor Helen Burder.

Club spokeswoman Rachel Hooper told the Chronicle that the day had been yet another success and caught the imagination of local residents.

She said: “We had nine victories in total which was great and we were blessed with good weather. It was a very busy day for everyone and there was a great atmosphere.

“A bonus for the club was that there were a lot of people that came down from Kingsmead to see what was happening.

“There was also a lot of people doing the learn-to-row course which is now breathing new life into the club which is great.”

The nine winning crews from Northwich RC were:

Womens intermediate eight – Elaine Young, Marnie Wakefield, Alison Read, Clare Briegal, Carole Riddell, Nicole Watts, Karen Airey, Nadia Ankrah and cox Jonty Moore.

Veterans C double – Simon Croutchley, Geoff Sims.

Junior intermediate double – Alex Riddell, Max Andrews.

Junior 14 single – Michael Galvin.

Junior 15 girls double – Rebecca Jones, Chloe Weston.

Junior 14 girls double – Harriet Beesley, Elise Parks.

Women’s Vet Four – Clare Briegal, Carolyn MacRitchie, Carole Riddell, Nicola Watts and cox Karen Airey.

Women’s intermediate quad – Melanie Wakefield, Rhian Wynne, Mary Hunt, Jane Edwards.

Mixed novice double – Becky Jones, John Kirwell.

Hooper added: “At the end of the day an individual eight challenge was held between ourselves at the Grange and it was a really exciting finish to a great day in the sun. People were cheering on the banks with excitement.”

Up next for Northwich RC is the National Vets Regatta at Nottingham on June 6/7.

More pictures from the 125th Anniversary Regatta were captured by our Chronicle photographer Victoria Tetley. They can be viewed and ordered in our online gallery at