Rowing club names boat to honour friend

boat launch at Bexhill rowing club
boat launch at Bexhill rowing club

A large crowd gathered in sunshine outside Bexhill Rowing Social Club on Sunday to watch the naming ceremony of the latest boat.

BRC treasurer Tony Page said the naming of a boat is “a great honour” and with this in mind naming committee members wanted to name it after Malcolm Gardner which they felt would be an ideal way to remember this friend and supporter of the club who recently passed away.

Tony commented: “Guests of honour were Malcolm’s wife Freda and daughter Debbie who believed that Malcolm would indeed feel extremely proud about this gesture. Malcolm attended many rowing events over the years, and members were always pleased to see his cheery face and hear his witty and encouraging banter.

He also helped the club giving his services at fundraising events as well as his own generous fund contributions.”

Club president Gerald Matthews said that the new boat, a river double/pair, would be “a great asset” pushing the club forward at river and estuary regattas.

Club rowers Matt Hellier and Ashley Cahill anointed the boat in the water for the first time then everyone retired to the Social Club to raise a glass to Malcolm and the boat’s future.

Tony added Malcolm was “an active Bexhill Rowing Social Club member who loved the town and so turned up at many regattas to cheer the club on,” and he also liked to mark special days by running the appropriate flag up the flagpole to celebrate.