A SPECIAL badge to mark the 175th anniversary of Henley Royal Regatta will adorn lapels this year.
The badge, which was made by W O Lewis in Birmingham, will be issued to more than 8,000 members and competitors.
The company, which was founded in 1832, has been making badges for the event since the first one in 1839 and designed this year’s version to look antique in honour of the regatta’s longevity. The circular badge measures 1¼ in wide by an 1½ in high and weighs about 30 grams.
It is made from an alloy of copper and brass and is decorated with a ribbon and crown. It is painted with enamel in the traditional colours of the regatta, red and blue, and gilded to give an impression of age.
Philip Lewis, who runs W O Lewis, said: “It’s a members’ badge which will be worn in the enclosures. The men wear them through the button hole and ladies have a brooch fitting.