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I was very sad yesterday to hear from London Rowing Club that 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:
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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.