Gloriana arrives at the River & Rowing Museum

Sir Matthew Pinsent unveils the Olympic cauldron

The Olympic flame cauldron, carried along the Thames by the Royal Barge Gloriana last year, has been donated to the River and Rowing Museum..

Gloriana was rowed to the museum at Henley on Monday (July 1st) by a crew of Olympians including gold medallist Katherine Grainger as part of ther handover ceremony. Olympic rowing legend Sir Matthew Pinsent, a Vice President of the museum, formally accepted the cauldron on its behalf..

It joins a display on royal barges and has been added to the most significant collection of rowing memorabilia in the world.

Last year Sir Matthew carried the Olympic flame to Gloriana at Hampton Court and lit the cauldron before its journey downstream. He described it as "a fantastic moment for rowing, a fantastic moment for the river and to have a vessel like Gloriana to deliver it into the capital was a wonderful culmination of all the preparation and anticipation for the Games.

Welcoming the donation he said :"It is brilliant to see some of the legacy given to the museum. It is so fitting to have it sitting here within the sight and touch of the next generation of people who will come through this wonderful place."

Gloriana moored at the museum

Katherine Grainger in the Royal Barge crew

2012 Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger said: "I've never been on Gloriana before. Last year we were rather busy. I've seen her on television and at the Jubilee Pageanrt but never thought I would have the chance of rowing her. And today it was with a wonderful crew of lots of past and present team members - like a great reunion..

"It is marvellous the cauldron will be in the museum for a long time because it is something which ought to be shared and ought to be enjoyed. It is such an iconic symbol and really appropriate it is here".
Also in the crew were her double sculls partner Anna Watkins, 2012 gold medallist Sophie Hosking and Mike Lapage (pictured above) who won silver at the 1948 games.

The cauldron was donated to the museum by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the legacy.

Story dated July 1st 2013.

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