Teddington RNLI Escort Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana On The Thames
Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station’s two D-Class Inshore Lifeboats (ILB’s) escorted The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana on the River Thames on Saturday 9 June 2018 from Hampton Court to Teddington Lock and back.
According to Glenn Wouters, Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station Community Safety Officer: ‘It was a great day for people to see the Queen’s Row Barge (QRB) Gloriana coming down the River Thames from Hampton Court to Teddington. Our Crew at Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station were proud to do our bit.
For our station at Teddington being visible on the Thames is part of our Safer Thames strategy and it’s a privilege sharing our passion for boats and this amazing river. We want to ensure that people enjoy their activities on the River Thames. My role at RNLI Teddington Lifeboat Station is clearly all about safety on the river in our community. So anything we can do to promote this message is vital.
We also want people to just have fun and relax knowing we are there when they need us. We’d like to thank Malcolm Knight of Gloriana QRB.’
The event was organised by Lord’s Taverners at Hampton and incorporated rowers from Weyfarers Rowing Club based in Weybridge. The Queen’s Barge. which is a great attraction on the Thames, also works with many charitable organisations and represented the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Malcolm Knight, Events Manager at Gloriana QRB said: It was with great pleasure we had the crews of the Teddington RNLI join The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana for her stately row through Kingston on Saturday. There was the wonderful link - one of the volunteer rowers from Weybridge Weyfarers on the Royal Barge, Monica Wouters is married to one of the RNLI volunteers Glenn Wouters. It was a marvellous experience to have the escort down the river for the Lord’s Taverners charity row – thank you to all the crews!’
Matt Allchurch was helm on D-743 Olwen and Tom with crew Chris Gibson and Howard Evans was helm on D-785 Peter Saw with crew Ray Searles and Mark Gibbs.
Matt Allchurch said on behalf of the Teddington RNLI helms and crew:
‘It was a pleasure to escort Gloriana from Hampton Court, where she was involved with the prize giving for the BBC Radio 2 ‘500 words’ competition, to Kingston upon Thames. It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of people along the tow path and out in boats all enjoying the sight of Gloriana being towed downriver. We then joined the small boats club summer fete on Stevens Ait on the River Thames where we carried out a few ‘Man Overboard’ (MOB) demonstrations for club members and guests alike.’
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