Thames relay: Benson to Henley for Bank Holiday Monday

A bottle filled with water from near the Thames source is making its way downstream as part of the Totally Thames programme.

Totally Thames is the rebranded and much extended annual Thames Festival.

The journey started last Sunday 17 August.

This bank holiday weekend 23-25 August the bottle travels from Benson Lock to Henley.

On Saturday swimmers are taking the bottle from Benson to Goring.

On Sunday rowers are responsible for getting the bottle to Caversham.

On Bank Holiday Monday it’s in the hands of traditional boat owners who will deliver the bottle to the River & Rowing Museum for safekeeping overnight.

The bottle reaches London at the end of the month.

RNLI: 25 years after Marchioness disaster

Next Wednesday 20 August those who died in the Marchioness tragedy will be remembered during the services at Southwark  Cathedral. It will be 25 years since the early morning accident on the River Thames.

The cathedral, which is a short distance downstream from the scene of the collision, has the memorial just inside the main door.

Today, as a result of a recommendation following the inquests, the RNLI has a lifeboat station at Waterloo Bridge. It is the busiest  in the country.

Today’s Telegraph Magazine has a good profile of the service run by donations and mainly volunteers.