Last month's Totally Thames Festival has been hailed as the best yet by its director.

Adrian Evans said: "This has been our most succesful yet both in terms of the number of events - last year we had 134, this year over 200 - and in terms of geographic reach. We have had events from Kingston and Richmond right through London to the Thames Barrier and beyond to Erith and Rainham.

"And we received a wonderful public response from not kust this country but from abroad too. The festival is very much a reason to come to London in September.

"The key successes for us have been the foreshore sculptures at Vauxhall which has been amazing

"As have the concerts in the bascule chambers at Tower Bridge for which we could have sold the tickets ten or twenty times over.

"And they fit in with part of our mission - to encourage people to see the river as a place to be inspired."

Totally Thames will be staged along the river again next September.


Meanwhile one of the driving forces behind the original Thamesday - forerunner of the Mayor's Thames Festival - Illtyd Harrington has died at the age of 84.

Originally from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales he became Deputy Leader of the Greater London Council and the capital's waterways were among his varied intrests.

Watch an archive interview with him about Thamesday from ITV's Thames News BELOW


Story dated October 10th 2015