Organisers of the Thames Traditional Boat Rally have issued an urgent plea for volunteers to help keep the annual event going.

Chairman Tony Goodhead said: "[The rally] is the largest event of its kind in Europe and has taken place every year (bar one) since 1977. The pool of volunteers for specific tasks and for the organising committee has been dwindling for a number of years and to ensure this wonderful event continues we need more help."

He said the organising committee now numbered just six and said " we need to bolster the number of active helpers to share the tasks both before and during the event. We are also keen to introduce new ideas and ways of doing things – that too needs new fresh minds."

Besides committee members the rally needs volunteers for a number of tasks including
helping with administration, installation of pontoons and the management of boats before and during the event, help with setting up and clearing the rally site and an extra public address commentator.

Mr Goodhead warned: "If we can’t raise enough volunteers we will have to pay to get it done, which will change the feel of the event and inevitably cost more."

Contact email for volunteers is

Link to our report on this year's rally at Henley HERE and HERE

Story dated Nov 25th 2013

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