Going to the “Trad?”

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The Queen’s Royal Rowbarge, last seen by many at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

It is claimed that the world’s largest gathering of traditional river craft will be at Henley on Thames this year at the Trad – Thames Traditional Boat Festival.  It will over the weekend starting Friday, the 14 of July.

First held at Fawley Meadows 38 years ago as a rally for enthusiasts who wanted to display and admire the older, traditionally built craft that were fast disappearing from the river Thames, this yea it is expected that some 200 craft, ranging from coracles and canoes to a Victorian steam cruiser, boats of special historical interest, including the only WWI torpedo boat still afloat, and even military and amphibious vehicles will be on display. The festival also gives visitors the opportunity of seeing examples of traditional craftsmanship and boat building.

The idea of the original founders was that the festival should focus on the need to preserve British heritage and tradition so it has expanded in recent years and now also includes vintage and classic cars and motorcycles.  To top it off, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (including a WWII Dakota) and the WW1 Display Team bi-planes and tri-planes will fly past, and military and amphibious vehicles from past decades will also be on display.

Anyone who remembers the Queen’s diamond jubilee of a few years’ back will remember Gloriana – the Queen’s Royal Row barge. It will be the centrepiece for the whole three days and visitors will be able to purchase tickets at the event to cruise down the Thames on her.

Should you want to join in the fun,  you possess your own traditional boat or vehicle, then you still have time to apply to be part of the fun. You need to apply online before the end of tomorrow.

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