Barry Banyard, remembered by Nick

I was very sad yesterday to hear from London Rowing Club that Banyard Wedding has died. As an active LRC sculler in the 1960s Barry encouraged large numbers to come each year to the Norfolk Long Distance sculls which was then raced from Surlingham Ferry to Whitlingham Green. He moved to Norfolk in the 1970s and married Marion Tracey in a lavish service in Norwich Cathedral. The rather young looking group standing outside with oars are:


Left Side – LRC: Peter Hilditch, Doug Melvin, Graham Beech and John Pepys.
Right Side – Norwich oarsmen: Paddy Walker, Nick Cooper, Tom Harmer and (hidden) Simon Crosse.
The wedding was memorable for many reasons but one was the pair races held in the morning all around Thorpe island starting stern to stern at the Yare Boat Club. Prizes for the winners were presented during the groom’s speech.
Sadly I lost contact  with Barry not long after when he moved away from Norfolk but he will be remembered by many as a very good friend of Norwich rowing.
Nick Cooper.
PS Anyone having email addresses for Paddy or Tom Harmer please pass this on – thanks.

Surlingham Lunch Row


What a fabulous turn out for a fabulous day! The forecast was not good but the sun shone on all who joined us for this year’s lunch row. The plan was to row out to Surlingham Broad  and then back to the Ferry Pub for lunch. Our small flotilla of 2 quads, 2 doubles and 2 singles were made most welcome by all the staff at the Ferry with a good length of quay heading reserved for the club and plenty of space for our boats. Not all boats made the full trip as the lure of the pub drew them in before having completed the tour of the broad but some at least earned their lunch. There was a good selection of food, from sandwiches to full cooked meals, and I think everyone found something they liked. Our visit finished with a bit of a splash when Katherine decided that it was too hot sitting in the sun and so went for a swim.
Just time for the group photo and then start back before the tide dropped too low to launch the boats.