THOUSANDS of people sweltered in the sun on the first day of Henley Royal Regatta on Wednesday
THOUSANDS of people sweltered in the sun on the first day of Henley Royal Regatta on Wednesday.
It was the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 32C, and men in the stewards? enclosure were given permission to remove their jackets ? only the fourth time this has happened in almost 40 years.
Further along the bank, spectators dipped their bare feet in the water as they watched the action.
A spokeswoman for the regatta said ?a couple? of visitors had fainted because of the heat.
There were an estimated 15,000 visitors at the regatta as women dressed in cool summer dresses and men in colourful blazers lined the river to watch the racing. Many spectators wore hats or carried parasols to protect them from the sun.
The visitors included England football manager Roy Hodgson while television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were filming for a new series about wealth.
The hot weather was set to continue today (Friday) and tomorrow with the Met Office forecasting temperatures in the mid- to high twenties but it will be cooler on finals days on Sunday with a chance of rain.
There were 80 races on the first day of the 176th annual regatta but mixed results for local crews, including Upper Thames Rowing Club, Shiplake College and Reading Blue Coat School.
• The regatta will adjust its schedule to delay the planned noon race today (Friday) so that rowers, spectators and all other regatta personnel can observe the nationwide minute?s silence called by David Cameron for those who lost their lives in last week?s terrorist attack in Tunisia where 29 British tourists died.