On Sunday 9th September
2007, Angus McChesney, a local teacher, took to the River Thames,
fresh from his successful cross channel swim, to show support for
Save Radley Lakes Campaign.
Flanked by a flotilla
of small boats, decked with
bunting, bearing notices urging people to Switch from NPower, to
the the sound of loudhailers,
swedish horns,and cheers from the river-bank, which accompanied
Angus, the entourage had to scurry along to keep pace in the sunshine.
A similar problem was faced by the marshalls and supporters on the
people on each bank donated generously towards the Save Radley Lakes
legal fund and the three boats and crews were kindly loaned by local
people or groups, including Abingdon School Rowing Club and helped
by Abingdon's Abbey Sailing Club.
Mayor, Lorraine Oates came along with five fellow Councillors to
congratulate Angus on his recent cross-channel swim which raised
£40,000 for leukemia research, and to present him with a bottle
here for details of how to switch power supplier
in power swim mode. His progress made it difficult for
the craft shadowing him to keep up and the marshalls on the
river bank had to run to keep up!
The swim took less than 20 minutes and Angus, barely out
of breath enjoyed a refreshing drink in the Old Anchor Inn.
the excitement of the morning, the rest of the supporters
went on to the Fun in the Park Event and raised further
funds from the stall there. Hooking a duck from the
paddling pool was the most popular past-time and there was
a queue equal to the one for the ice-creams as children
tried their skills with a pole and a hook to catch the plastic
yellow ducks which bobbed in the paddling pool.
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