ROWERS from Henley are featured in Take That’s video for their latest single.
The men were body doubles for members of the band, who recently accepted Robbie Williams back into their line-up.
The video is for The Flood, the group’s first release since the band becoming a five-piece again.
Leander Club was asked to provide 10 rowers for four days of filming on Dorney Lake, near Windsor, and on the Thames in Runnymede and London in July.
A boat was specially built to accommodate all the band members Williams, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald.
James Padmore, 25, of Park Road, Henley, was Orange’s body double.
He said: “It was a surreal experience, especially rowing in a five- person sculling boat.
“It was good fun and certainly a claim to fame, despite the fact you’ll only be able to see us from a distance and it will look like we’re the band. For the close-ups of the band rowing, the boat was attached to a barge which kept it stable and pushed them so all they had to do was the actions.”
Mr Padmore said the singers were friendly and easy to talk to, adding: “They all seemed to be getting on well with one another.” Fellow rower Alan Sinclair doubled for Williams, Richie Steele for Barlow, Jack Thompson for Owen and Robin Dowel for Donald.
They wore old-fashioned white rowing kit bearing a Take That Rowing Club logo and took part in a mock competition with the other five Leander rowers, Ross Hunter, Ray Poulter, Alex Leigh, Dave Lambourn and Tom Harvey.
The multi-award winning band sold 25 million records from 1991 to 1996 before Williams quit to go solo. They re-formed without him in 2005. The single is due to be released next month.