Local residents in Spelthorne are invited to come down to the River Thames on Saturday 13 August to enjoy the 12th annual River Day and Sunbury Regatta.
The Mayor's flotilla will depart from the Thames Lodge Hotel at 9.30 that morning, and travel through the four locks of Penton Hook, Chertsey, Shepperton and Sunbury to arrive at Rivermead Island to join the Sunbury Regatta at about 1.30pm.
The Mayor, Cllr Sam Budd, will be rowed in a Henry V111 style shallop called the Jubilant, which was built by Mark Edwards in Kingston. Mark will be cox on River Day, and the crew will include the Spelthorne MP Kwasi Kwarteng, and former Mayors including Andrew Hirst, Husseini Jaffer and Malcolm Royer, together with Paul Stubbs, son of former Mayor, and Nick Wood-Dow, husband of former Mayor Judith.
At the regatta, the Mayor's crew and the other boats in the flotilla will join in a special pre-Olympic event from 1.30 until 3pm, which is an Edwardian re-enactment of a regatta held in 1901. The participants will be dressed in Edwardian costume, and will recreate a typical event of some 110 years ago.
This re-enactment is part of the Surrey Heritage Sporting Life programme, and the Cultural Olympiad events in the run-up to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
The participants hope for good crowds on the riverbank, at the four locks, and at the Sunbury Regatta for the pre-Olympic re-enactment event. for more information click: http://www.sunburyregatta.com/