HENLEY Town and Visitors’ Regatta has elected John Friend as its president for 2014.
The rower, coach and umpire took over from Dr Ian Reid at the annual meeting on Thursday last week.
Mr Friend, of Wargrave Road, Henley, is president of Henley Rowing Club, where he has been a member since 1973.
He said: “I am very pleased to have been elected president a for 2014. My first excursion to the regatta was as a competitor in 1968 and I have attended regularly ever since.
“I believe it to be the best organised and most enjoyable local regatta on the best stretch of river in the country.