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THEY’VE done it! A heroic Henley Rowing Club eight has battled its way to winning the

THEY’VE done it! A heroic Henley Rowing Club eight has battled its way to winning the club’s first-ever open event at the royal regatta. Last year their dream was taken away by a canvas in the semi-finals of the Thames Cup. Prior to that, the nearest they had got was a defeat by 3ft by Harvard in the final of the Thames Cup in 1976. But this year they achieved their long-cherished goal by beating Irish club Lady Elizabeth to take the trophy.

The controversial St Mark’s Road bollards site has claimed another victim. Pat Hampton, 75, badly broke her wrist and shoulder when she tripped over what she believes was an uneven kerb last Friday. She says the pavement was “unfinished” and covered in gravel which left her with severe cuts to her wrists, hands and knees.

Pupils at Gillotts School, Henley, will have their fingerprints recorded to prepare for new technology that will revolutionise registration and help fight truancy. From September, pupils will “sign in” twice a day using one of the 12 small scanner points being installed around the school.

A HARVARD oarsman was struck dumb last Friday as he watched Henley Royal Regatta chairman Peter Coni strip down to his boxer shorts and plunge into the murky waters of the Thames. But this was not a life-saving dive. Despite a ban on the traditional dunking of coxes by their crews after winning a race because of the risk of catching the deadly Weils disease, Mr Coni bravely plunged up to his neck to rescue nothing less than a walkie talkie.

Temporary barriers on Henley Bridge put up to control crowds crossing over to the regatta have annoyed town councillors who say they were not informed beforehand. The railings on the south side of the bridge were put there by South Oxfordshire District Council at the request of the Thames Valley Police Authority.

A Wargrave family was in shock this week after their youngest daughter was killed in a road accident, just over three years after her eldest sister died in a similar tragedy in France. Louisa Caroline Hermon, 23, died when she was involved in an accident while cycling to work in Clapham last week. She moved to London two months ago to work for The Pieman Company, a catering firm, and had recently been promoted.

CONCERN over accidents at the end of the Fair Mile was expressed at Tuesday’s meeting of the town council, where it was stated that the county council was trying to do something to improve conditions. Alderman C T Luker recalled that in the past the general purposes committee made representations to the county council about the accidents at this point.

What has been described as the greatest race ever seen at Henley was this year’s final of the Grand Challenge Cup involving the two acknowledged fastest eights in the world. Vesper Boat Club, of USA, and Ratzeburger Ruderclub, of Western Germany, fought a tremendous duel, the latter winning by half a length in the phenomenal time of six minutes, 16 seconds, breaking by two seconds the record set by Vesper two days earlier.

Mr J F Sherrard, of Elizabeth Road, Henley, was unhurt when the Triumph scooter he was riding skidded off the Marlow Road near Greenlands on Tuesday evening and burst into flames. Henley firemen were called to the scene to extinguish the fire and clear the road of burning petrol.

THE Mayor of Henley has been assisting Capt Scott Lowe, commanding the Officers’ Training Corps, University College School, London (Artists) Contingent, in endeavouring to arrange for a camp for some 250 members of the Corps at Henley. Sir Frank Crisp has kindly placed his Park Place at the disposal of the Corps for camp and drill purposes.

The King has granted a set of apartments at Hampton Court Palace to Mrs Scott, mother of the late Captain Robert Falcon Scott, the hero of the Antarctic. Mrs Scott has resided in Henley for a good many years.

Last weekend, a visit was made to Henley by “Gipsy Nell” of Reading, who proved quite an attraction in the dress of a Spanish gipsy. On Saturday evening she gave a few incidents from her career to a large crowd at the Greys Road corner.

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