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Charter weekend celebrates all that is wonderful about town

PUBLISHED: 14:29 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:30 04 July 2018

The current and former mayors took part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

The current and former mayors took part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

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A town commemorated one of the most significant events in its history by hosting a weekend of celebratory events.

The crew perched on MTB 102, which was avilable for the public to view during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comThe crew perched on MTB 102, which was avilable for the public to view during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

The people of Beccles toasted all that is wonderful about their town as part of Beccles Charter Weekend, held on June 30 and July 1 to mark the granting of the town’s historic charter by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1584.

Now in its fifth year, the event features activities and displays at various hubs across the town including Hipperson’s Boatyard, Beccles Town Hall and St Peter’s House.

A community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comA community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

Among the highlights this year was charter weekend’s very first wild river swim, where participants plunged into the River Waveney and swam 11.5km from the Waveney River Centre in Burgh St Peter to Beccles Quay.

There was also an entertaining river cycle race at the boatyard, which saw current mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw taking on former mayors Caroline Topping and Hugh Taylor while pedalling a historic water bicycle.

Beccles mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw and former mayor Caroline Topping taking part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Margaret ChurchillBeccles mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw and former mayor Caroline Topping taking part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Margaret Churchill

Mr Taylor, mayor of Beccles from 2015 to 2016, hailed the catalogue of events that help to make charter weekend such a noteworthy feature in the town’s calendar.

“Charter weekend is all about bringing the community of Beccles together and celebrating the historic event which made Beccles a market town in its own right,” said Mr Taylor.

Former Beccles mayor Caroline Topping taking part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Margaret ChurchillFormer Beccles mayor Caroline Topping taking part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Margaret Churchill

“What we do every year is host a free celebration which includes events going on by the riverside, music, the opening of the town hall and so much more. This year it was really exciting to hold the first River Waveney wild swim and it’s been a brilliant weekend.”

Mrs Topping added: “Beccles always does this sort of thing rather well and it’s so nice to see all these events taking place.

Beccles mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw taking part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Margaret ChurchillBeccles mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw taking part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Margaret Churchill

“When people are asked what their favourite thing is about Beccles they always tend to say the same thing - ‘the people’ - and charter weekend is a perfect example.”

Visitors also had the opportunity to climb aboard MTB 102, one of the last surviving motor torpedo boats to have served in the Second World War.

A community celebrated all that is wonderful about their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Margaret ChurchillA community celebrated all that is wonderful about their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Margaret Churchill

Skipper Richard Basey said: “A lot of people came to look at the vessel that rewrote the rulebook for modern torpedo boats. It’s lovely to show off MTB 102 during charter weekend because it’s such a relaxed atmosphere and we don’t have to worry about choppy seas!”

A community celebrated the best of their town as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Roland BlunkA community celebrated the best of their town as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Roland Blunk

A community celebrated the best of their town as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Roland BlunkA community celebrated the best of their town as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Roland Blunk

A community celebrated the best of their town as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Roland BlunkA community celebrated the best of their town as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Roland Blunk

There was a chance for the public to view the MTB 102 during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Thomas ChapmanThere was a chance for the public to view the MTB 102 during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Thomas Chapman

Richard Basey and Susan Felgate, crew members of the MTB 102. Picture: Thomas ChapmanRichard Basey and Susan Felgate, crew members of the MTB 102. Picture: Thomas Chapman

The public was able to view a number of majestic vessels at Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Thomas ChapmanThe public was able to view a number of majestic vessels at Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Thomas Chapman

One of the many attractions at Hippersons Boatyard was the historic wherry ?Maud?. Picture: Thomas ChapmanOne of the many attractions at Hippersons Boatyard was the historic wherry ?Maud?. Picture: Thomas Chapman

The River Hundred Folk Bank performed as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Thomas ChapmanThe River Hundred Folk Bank performed as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: Thomas Chapman

This year's Beccles Charter Weekend also featured its first ever River Waveney Wild Swim. Picture: Margaret ChurchillThis year's Beccles Charter Weekend also featured its first ever River Waveney Wild Swim. Picture: Margaret Churchill

Reporter Tom Chapman trying his hand at water cycling. Picture: Margaret ChurchillReporter Tom Chapman trying his hand at water cycling. Picture: Margaret Churchill

A community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comA community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

The current and former mayors took part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comThe current and former mayors took part in a water bicycle race as part of Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

Mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw with former mayor Caroline Topping during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comMayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw with former mayor Caroline Topping during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

A community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comA community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

A community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comA community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

A community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comA community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

A community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comA community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

A community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comA community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

A community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.comA community celebrated the best of their town during Beccles Charter Weekend. Picture: rolandblunk.com

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