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Rainy return for Teddington River Festival
A festival that celebrates Teddington riverside and lock returned to its former glory after five years away.
Teddington River Festival was last held in 2007 and for four consecutive years attracted about 15,000 visitors throughout the day.
The community event supports the Teddington RNLI lifeboat station and made a comeback on Sunday, September 8, with a day of fun-filled day activities on the Thames.
Event manager Ingrid van der Weide said: “It went really well.
“The RNLI fundraisers were really happy. Richmond Venturer had 934 visitors on board. We did the duck race which raised about £1,000 and lots of charities were doing their thing.
“It was just a really nice family fun day despite the rain at key points of the day people still came down.
“Everyone would love to see it become an annual thing again but it does require support from local businesses, so watch this space.”
Centred around Teddington lock, events took place both on and off the water on both sides of the river and included nearby Manor Road recreation ground, the lock island and Ham towpath.
Unfortunately the Queen’s Royal barge Glorianam which was due to visit and perform an oar salute, did not go ahead due to power failure.
The lifeboat station hosted an open day and visitors met crews, boarded boats, tried on lifesaving kit and watched river rescue demonstrations.
Despite rain crowds flooded the riverside to take part in duck races, try their hand at kayaking, skiffing and enjoyed boat rides, live music, angling activities and arts and crafts.
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