It seems astonishing now, but there was a time, 100 or so years ago, when Staines was considered a riverside resort to rank alongside the likes of Marlow and Henley.
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It's funny how things can spark all kinds of memories for some folk. Jennifer Willis from Weybridge read my Riverwatch column on the history of Staines Bridge and was prompted to get in touch to say that it brought back recollections of her youinger years growing up beside the Thames at Staines where she was a successful competitor in punting races.
Hundreds of thousands of people cross them every year in cars, on cycles and on foot and they are a vital part of our day-to-day lives. Without them, many people would be unable to get to work, to do their shopping or to visit friends and family. So maybe it's a little surprising that few people give much thought to the bridges that cross the River Thames - we just take them for granted.
Fancy doing something a little different this weekend? If so, why not get yourself down to Staines Sailing Club to take advantage of their free 'Go Boating' day on Saturday, June 7 between 11am and 5pm.