An appeal has gone out for people to take part in a relay along the Thames from its source to the estuary.

The event in September is part of an expanded Thames Festival, usually staged over a weekend but extended this year to ten days.

The relay will involve walkers,swimmers and boaters in both unpowered and some traditional motorised craft taking turns to transport a symbolic bottle of Thames water from the source along different reaches of the river. Downstream from Teddington the baton will be carried by powered craft.

Project Manger Jon Cooke said:"We are keen extend the appeal of the festival to the non-tidal river - not just confine it to central London. What better way to draw attention to this wonderul river than this relay from the point where the Thames is a small stream through town and country and the capital to the sea."

Now organisers are appealling via River Thames News for clubs and community groups to take part in the event from September 1st to 15th, the last day of the festival. It will be held in a series of stages over the 172 miles.

Anyone interested is urged to contact Jon Cooke by email:

The relay is part of the plan to extend beyond its usual concentrated weekend of riverside animations to a wider season of accessible public art commissions, performances and riverbased activities, as well as initiatives to get people into boats and onto the water

With the principal focus remaining between Lambeth Bridge and St Katharine Docks, events will also take place this year from the source of the Thames down to its mouth.

River Thames News will be carrying regular reports on planned events. See also the Thames Festival website

Story dated July 10th 2013


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