Chester-le-Street Regatta

In the 1940s after the war, I remember the regatta on the Wear at Chester-le-Street. It was an afternoon out for the whole family as my brother Stan Shepherd, who worked at South Pelaw Colliery was in the Rowing Club and raced in the single sculls. I know that Jimmy Aitcheson was rowing as well. It seemed as if the whole town turned out. I can recall that there was an ice cream van which may have been “Tot” Anderson’s and somebody selling fruit from a horse and cart, who I think was from Mordues? There were a lot of clubs racing, some from Durham University and some from the Police Force.

Stan also went to regattas on the Tyne and once won a cup at Cambois. He was following in the footsteps of our father Robert, who in his younger days won the Jacob Hall Cup, but I don’t know when this was. However, the photograph suggests that he was in his 20`s. I didn’t join the rowing club. To be quite honest I can’t understand how some of these men worked a full shift down the pit and then went out to row!

Reminiscence by Derek Shepherd.

Robert Shepherd c.1920s
Chester-le-Street Rowing Club – Year not Known