Thames Estuary & Canvey Island
Could a wartime wreck still packed with explosives scupper plans to build a major new airport in the Thames Estuary ? ..
HISTORY MAY BE MADE TODAY ON THE RIVER THAMES AT 4PM.A new world record is definitely on today! Race leaders the Islanders are now anchored off Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary, waiting for the tide to turn. At 09.00, they will up anchor and begin the 33-mile row to the finish at Tower Bridge. At around 13.00-14.00 they will pass under the QEII bridge at the Dartford Crossing. Between 15.00- 16.00 they go through the Thames Barrier at Woolwich. 16.15-17.00 Estimated finish at Tower Bridge to set a new world record for rowing non-stop around Britain. WATCH THE FINISH LIVE…on gbrowchallenge.com If you cannot make it into London for the spectacular finish, you can watch LIVE on gbrowchallenge.com. We will stream pictures live from Tower Bridge starting at around 4pm this afternoon. See history being made…
I am one of the last, a group clinging to the dredges of a dying breed. From March to November, you can see them. The explorers, the determined, the downright stubborn in a celebration of grotty englishness. We are the emigrators, some of the last to feel the insinctive urge to dip our toes in some grey, murky expanse of water, from the brown industrial depths of the Thames Estuary to the positively sub-zero temperatures of the North Sea, and usually reached by crossing a few hundred yards of densely packed sand and a myriad of all things small and jagged. We are the battlers, who are well versed in the art of putting up deckchairs in winds that whisk up even the smallest pieces of loose fabric, blowing sand particles with all the abandon of a kamikaze air pilot into your clingfilm-wrapped sandwiches and Tesco own brand Salt and Vinegar crisps. We are the opportunists, who upon spotting a break in a cloud and run for the resulting patch of sun, juggling our beach balls and books and towels like a circus t ...
My dad told me this morning, that 60 years ago this time, FEB 1953, he helped fill sand bags in a quarry in Essex as a student, to help with the devastating flood that hit the east side of England that winter. The North Sea swept down the Thames Estuary and flooded Canvey Island in particular. My dad was a student at King's College London at the time.
Happy Birthday Lee Brilleaux, the unforgettable lead singer of R&B band Dr Feelgood. Born sixty years ago today, Brilleaux was raised in Canvey Island the hard-living, oil refinery community on the Thames Estuary. It was a perfect backdrop for Brilleaux to develop his taste for working class R&...
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