A MINUTE’S silence was planned ahead of the annual Mappleton Boat Race and Bridge Jump to mark the sad death of founder Jim Breeze.
PEOPLE from across the area were set to gather at Mappleton to see in the New Year as the News Telegraph went to press yesterday. The boat race was set to be started by Jim’s widow, Pat.
Ashbourne Lions will run the event for the first time this year after Mr Breeze fell ill. With help from Ashbourne Sub Aqua Club, the group have managed to keep the new year tradition going, although heavy rain was potentially threatening the event as the News Telegraph was going to print.
Chairman of the organising committee, Charles Wimbush, said: “As of 9am on Monday the Bridge Jump is on.
“What has happened and will happen in the next 12 hours further up the Dove will be the decider.
“We are ever grateful to the many local companies that have sponsored us and to the hardy racers and jumpers that have signed up.
“There will be a minute’s silence just before the start in memory of Jim Breeze, Pat will then start the race.
“The Okeover Arms is up and running under new management and welcomes everyone to the prize giving at 1.30pm where Sir Andrew Walker Okeover will present the Brass Monkey Trophy to the winning team.
“This will be the last time that Ian Cooper, who is soon to retire, polices the event.”