ONE of Burton’s oldest and most successful sporting institutions will be celebrating 150 years of existence next month.
Trent Rowing Club was officially founded in 1863 and members – past and present – are being invited to attend a dinner dance event on Saturday, November 9 at Ashfield House.
The Stapenhill Road-based club enjoys a proud history, from refusing to implement the socially divisive ‘mechanics rule’ in 1889, to the achievements of Ted Field on the water in the middle of the last century.
In 1980 Peter Spiby and Terry Roe became the first Trent members to pull on England vests, while Becky Neale struck National Championships gold in 1989.
The club’s long list of achievements continue to grow year by year, and Trent’s proud history should be preserved and celebrated according to club secretary Richard Gipson.
He said: “Our forefathers were the River Trent boatmen who plied their trade hauling goods on the river Trent and the Trent and Mersey Canal.
“One hundred and 50 years ago a group of these boatmen decided to organise themselves formally into the Trent Rowing Club.
“The club is wholly organised by volunteers, and I am proud to be part of the management team who jointly work to keep the club operating – without whom our sporting facility could not exist.
“However, not only are we here to keep the club running for today’s members, but we are also the guardians of the club’s history and it is our responsibility to preserve the club for the generations of members who will follow us.
“We owe this to those who have gone before us, and I am determined to ensure that Trent Rowing Club may be enjoyed for many years to come.”
Annamarie Phelps, the chairman of British Rowing, will be a guest speaker at next month’s 150th anniversary dinner and dance event.
Tickets are priced £32 seniors and £25 juniors and under-18s. The event includes a three-course meal and operates a dress code.
Booking forms, which must be submitted by Friday, November 1, can be found at www.trentrc.org.