Marlow Rowers Entertain Royal Party

A Marlow Rowing Club crew took to the water on the afternoon of Monday 25 June in Henley – not to prepare for the royal regatta but to take part in a pageant laid on for the benefit of the Queen and her party who attended a garden party at Henley Business School.

For once, the sun shone and the crew were able to show off their skill and expertise, not to mention their rippling muscles to a crowd of 4,000 guests and supporters as they took on the might of a Henley masters womens’ octuple in a mini race in front of the Queen.

The crew, made up of Ruth Naylor, Kerry Clarke, Jeremy Rowe, Richard Seekins, Rob Robertson, Richard Buckeridge, Catrin Baker and Amanda Rice with cox Lisa Knill took part in the pageant called ‘Time and the Thames’ to the accompaniment of a commentary by a cast of famous actors including Jeremy Irons, Geoffrey Palmer and Sir Steve Regrave (OK, not an actor but still famous!).

The performance was a great success and for the crew it was one of the most memorable afternoons on the river they could remember. Their section of the performance was called ‘The Golden Age’ – we aren’t sure if it refers to the heyday of the river or to the maturity of the participants but either way they were a credit to the club!  Crew

The crew were very grateful to the ladies at Henley Rowing Club who proved the perfect hosts and given the chance they would all do it again next week.

Not sure the queen appreciates the finer points of rowers in lycra though… Maybe we should run a caption competition on this one!


Some of the news articles on this event can be found by following the following links:

BBC News

Bucks Free Press

Oxford Mail

Hello Magazine (!)

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At the reception with HM the Queen, MRC adaptive rower Naomi Riches met the Queen.