Boat owners, boat builders, supporters and sponsors of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival joined together at the River & Rowing Museum last Thursday for the launch of this year’s event.
The festival will take place this year from 15-17 July on Fawley Meadows with a full packed programme of activities on the river, land and in the air. This quintessential event is a wonderful day out for the whole family, a celebration of all that’s best in British boatbuilding and craftsmanship evoking the nostalgia of boating from a bygone era.
Paul Clerehugh will be bringing the full “Crooked Billet” experience again this year on the river bank with live music entertainment each evening.
Adam Toop, Chief Judge and Co-Chair said, “Against the backdrop of so much uncertainty and with far less time to prepare than usual, we were absolutely delighted to stage such a special and indeed successful Thames Traditional Boat Festival last year. Judging by the many immensely kind letters, emails and calls of thanks received in the days following, the weekend was clearly just what everyone needed.
“Moving forward, we remain committed to our programme of continuously improving and evolving the Festival. Equally, we are singularly focussed on it remaining both inclusive and affordable.
“Holding down consciously low prices for exhibitors and visitors alike cannot be sustained whilst spending increased on the festival infrastructure, health and safety, site security and more. We are therefore now actively looking to attract further sponsors who correctly judge the re-born Thames Traditional Boat Festival be an increasingly suitable event with which to align their brands. To that end, the Treasurer of the Festival, Paul Owen MBE, will work alongside Lady McAlpine to bolster this source of much needed support. No mention of sponsors should be made without special thanks to Michael Shanley, whose unfaltering support of the Festival is measured in decades.
“May I take this opportunity to thank our small, dedicated and extremely hard-working Committee, along with everyone else who continues to support the Thames Traditional Boat Festival.”