Steps to improvement

One of my earliest recollections of the River Thames takes me back to when I was five or six.

More water babies

Doreen Love

It is obvious that lots of you have fond recollections of swimming in the Thames during your youth and I’ve received a number of phone calls and emails from people thanking me for reviving old memories.

Good Thames times

GOING FOR A DIP: People going for a swim in the Thames is an increasingly common sight these days, but it wasn’t always so.
(Photo courtesy of the Outdoor Swimming Society)

One of my colleagues recently decided to swim in the Thames to raise money for charity and she bravely navigated the river all the way from Hampton Court to Kingston Bridge in just over an hour and three-quarters which was good going.

A summer favourite

The mayor is rowed from Staines to Sunbury in a shallop

It's one of my favourite weekends on the river this Saturday and Sunday when Sunbury stages its annual regatta – always guaranteed to be a great fun day almost regardless of what the weather throws up.