Sunday, 01 August 2021

Regatta archivist remembered

MICHAEL JONES, who was the archivist for Henley Royal Regatta and Leander Club, died in 2011, aged 69.

Born and bred in Henley, he began working for the regatta when he was about 10, collecting signatures on the guarantee forms that were then required before a winning crew could take away their trophy.

From 1977 to 2008 he was in charge of hospitality at Fawley Meadows and then became the regatta archivist.

Mr Jones joined Henley Rowing Club in 1955 and remained a member all his life. He was a club captain and he introduced a junior training programme. He worked for the Westminster Bank, which became NatWest, for 33 years from 1957.

He worked at branches throughout the Thames Valley and in the legal department in London as well as spending three years in Singapore in the early Eighties as marketing manager and co-ordinator for the Far East and Australasian region office.

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