Saturday, 18 September 2021

Boat rally returns with new name

A VINTAGE boat rally held in Henley every summer has been rebranded

A VINTAGE boat rally held in Henley every summer has been rebranded.

The Traditional Boat Festival will see dozens of boats converge on the River Thames at Fawley Meadows, including a 1883 passenger steamer called Alaska and a range of skiffs and canoes for visitors to try out.

The event, formerly known as the Thames Traditional Boat Rally, has been relaunched following the retirement of chairman and president after 20 years.

Organisers say the new name reflects the broader range of attractions aimed at families as well as traditional boat owners. This year?s festival will take place from July 17 to 19 and will include a display of Dunkirk Little Ships to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Dynamo in the Second World War and veterans will take the salute.

Consuta, the first steam umpire?s launch built in 1898, will be offering trips. Off the water, there will be flying displays, classic cars and motorcycles, fairground rides and places to eat and drink.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 30. For more information, visit www.tradboatfestival.com

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