The Royal St. John's Regatta - Sounds the Regatta
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Sounds of the Regatta
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The Banks of Newfoundland (Up The Pond) (Click here to listen)

As played live by the CLB at the Regatta each year
(Lyrics: Francis Forbes, Conductor: Walter Learning)

The official theme song of the Royal St. John's Regatta. It is known by many names, including "The Banks of Newfoundland", "Up the Pond" or "Dum-Da-Diddely". Composed by Sir Francis Forbes in 1820, it is traditionally played as the crews pass the bandstand on their return to the stakes, though it has been played at the start of the races as well.

In addition to this connection with the Regatta, "The Banks of Newfoundland" is the Regimental March for the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Public Service Announcement from James Higgins (Click here to listen)
To compliment the music that appears on the site, there is a sound clip of James Higgins, Past President of the Regatta Committee making an public service announcement regarding the Royal St. John's Regatta.



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The following clips are courtesy of CBC Radio Newfoundland and Labrador.
(Copyright Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Used with permission.)
Aubrey MacDonald Commentary (Click here to listen)
Commentary by CBC Radio announcer Aubrey MacDonald recounting his years of broadcast coverage of the regatta; broadcast 6 August 1975 - 4:52
Gerry Angel Commentary (Click here to listen)
Commentary by Regatta Committee Chairman Gerry Angel recounting the history of the annual sporting event; broadcast ? August 1976 - 7:11
Wilf Dyke, Aubrey MacDonald, and Des Browne (Click here to listen)
Live coverage of the 1967 championship race featuring CBC Radio announcers Wilf Dyke, Aubrey MacDonald, and Des Browne; broadcast 2 August 1967 - 3:45
Ted Withers (Click here to listen)
Report by CBC Radio sportscaster Ted Withers on the 1977 regatta; broadcast 27 July 1977 - 1:40
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