HAPPY birthday to Adam Poynter, a veteran rower who celebrated turning 70 with a paddle on the Thames in Henley.
Adam, a retired solicitor from Nettlebed, has been rowing for more than 50 years and was joined in an eight by his four sons and three friends.
His eldest son, Philip, 33, rowed for Great Britain in the junior world championships and the other three, Edward, 31, Thomas, 25, and Matthew, 23, have all rowed at Henley Royal Regatta.
The crew was completed by David Mitchell, who had never rowed in an eight, Joe Boultbee and Sam Mainds. Mr Mainds’ brother, Paul, the former chief executive of the River and Rowing Museum, coxed — despite being 6ft! The crew set off from Upper Thames Rowing Club, where Mr Poynter has been a member for more than 25 years, and rowed downstream to Hambleden lock before coming back upstream to Henley Bridge and then returned to the club.
Adam said: “It wasn’t too cold and it was dry, although it was overcast. Luckily, the river wasn’t in flood like it is now and it was good fun.”