The rain may have tried to ruin the day but we did not let it and by the afternoon it was sunny but a little chilly. The highlight of the day was the blue light exercise where the RNLI, Police and Fire Service showed us how they would work together on the River. The cover photo is taken of a ‘broken down’ boat being towed by the RNLI, and then catching alight requiring the Fire service to put it out. The water from the fire hose made a rainbow.
Lots of agencies braved the weather including ZSL, the conservation arm of London Zoo looking at the various fish species found in the River, Thames 21 educating people on the issues of plastics in the River and the Environment Agency reminding people about the tidal River.
The Gloriana was in Putney all weekend with various local rowing teams given the opportunity to row it, with the girls from Putney High School finishing the day. What an amazing opportunity for those girls.
Taster sessions were available on the water for rowing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Unfortunately, a number of the races planned had to be postponed due to the weather.
This is the second year the event has been held organised by Tideway. They had a big stand with a model coring machine to show people how the tunnel is being built. The event is masterminded by Andrew Triggs Hodge, triple Olympic rower and is to celebrate the River.