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REMEMBERING THE END OF A WATERY WAR-TIME BATTLE

Champagne on ice!9 February 2015

The conclusion of the Oxford and Cambridge war-time boat race series will be commemorated in Ely Cathedral at the end of February - seventy years after the Cambridge success of 1945.

During the event, the man who stroked the Light Blues to victory, Martin Whitworth, will name a boat 'Honours Even'. He is now president of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club, based on the Great Ouse near the scene of the 1944 race - in which he also took part.

It was rowed just outside Ely at Queen Adelaide - the only time the university oarsmen have met away from the Thames in 186 years - and was commemorated with a diamond jubilee event in 2004 when Martin was among the guests.

Mark Goddard (left) with Martin Whitworth. 'Terry O', one of Isle of Ely Rowing Club's early second-hand eightsCambridge convincingly won the first war-time race by five lengths at Henley in 1940. There were no races in 1941 and 1942. But in 1943 Oxford seized the chance to level and won by two-thirds of a length at Sanford.

Oxford won again at Queen Adelaide in 1944 but the following year Cambridge won by two-and-a-half lengths to level the series at Henley.

Martin Whitworth said: "I have fond memories of my university rowing which happened in very uncertain circumstances at a time when it was a case of making the best of things in the worst of times. At the same time I am immensely proud of the fact that Isle of Ely Rowing Cub has been establish, having been inspired by events that happened all those years ago".

Notes:

Martin Whitworth - President of Isle of Ely Rowing Club - 1944 CUBC No.4 & 1945 CUBC Stroke

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The 'Honour Even' boat naming will be included in the forthcoming documentary film, 'A Strange Day at Queen Adelaide', which will be given its World Premiere in Ely Cathedral at 7pm on Saturday 28 February.

Tickets £7.50 available from Ely Cathedral Box Office - Open 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday

Tel: 01353 660349. Online tickets.elycathedral.org

Google 'A Strange Day at Queen Adelaide' for further information including a trailer on You Tube.

JW/JI 09.02.15