Celebrations on the tideway


As October progresses, one enjoys summer recollections of the High Days and Holidays along the Thames

For the first time Thames Sailing Barges paraded with the Dutch fleet of visiting tall ships. Sailing up and down between Woolwich and Greenwich and up towards Tower Bridge, which luckily coincided with ‘Open House’ events at the Old Royal Naval College and our neighbours at Trinity Hospital


Celebration along the tidal Thames included events at riverside towns. A visit to Gravesend historic waterfront was enriched with the presence of a light ship, resplendent in a new coating of bright red paint. The local rowing club also took part in the Great River Race which is rowed from the Isle of Dogs all the way through the capital with its crowded bridge and embankments finishing just beyond Richmond at Ham’s tree-lined water meadows. Some 300 craft from the UK and overseas took part!!


The annual Tall Ships visit to the Royal Borough was even more impressive as their Parade of Sail was enhanced by red-sailed Thames Barges flying their pennants won at East Coast Barge matches which the Kent family have participated in years gone by. To jolt our memories we will celebrate Judy’s birthday by lunching at the OXO Tower which was at the hub of this year’s Thames tidal ‘bun fight’s inclusion of the sensational towering inferno of old London Bridge.


A few days ago our next door neighbours at the ~Globe & Curlew Rowing Clubs held a rowing regatta with barbecue to follow – not a spark on our new roof!!

PS – A new pier for Blackfriars sailed past under tow by Bennets/Livetts on her way upstream – two telephone engineers in their new boxes too!!

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Peter Kent shares his Thames riverside studio viewpoint

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