Actor David Suchet and Thames volunteers


Keen boater David Suchet joined an annual end-of-season celebration laid on for volunteers along the non-tidal river.

Around 120 river volunteers attended the event on board French Brothers' New Queen of the Thames’.

Many were presented awards for their service to the Environment Agency on the Thames.

The Poirot actor and his wife Sheila said they were 'thrilled to attend' as they have been keen boaters on the Thames since 1974.

David Suchet presented awards to volunteers who had achieved their Gold award (60 or more days), their Big Blue award (120 or more days) as well as the Legacy award for 5 years of active volunteering with the EA.

In his speech, he referred to the Thames as being “at its best that it has ever been”. He went on to say that the River Thames Volunteers have a large part in making the Thames what it is today.

Barry Russell, the Waterways Manager for the Environment Agency told them: “Thank you to all the volunteers who help us on the River Thames. We recognise that your spare time is very precious, and the fact that you come and give it to us, some of you year on year, makes us feel very honoured.”

Story dated Oct 31st 2016