Centenary Boat Naming for the RAF

Members and friends of Stourport Boat Club recently welcomed Wing Commander James Thorley to Stourport to celebrate with a special boat naming ceremony.
Over the past year, junior rowers and parents have raised funds to purchase a new racing boat, and to mark the occasion of the centenary of the Royal Air Force the boat was aptly named after the iconic Spitfire.
Wing Commander Thorley is the outgoing Chairman of the RAF rowing club and together with club member Jamie Wrafter, who is also a serving RAF serviceman, the naming ceremony was carried out with club President Pete Lashford.
In keeping with tradition, and a splash of champagne on its bow, the boat was officially named Spitfire by Wing Commander Thorley before its launch and a row-by in front of an admiring crowd on the banks of the River Severn.
Wing Commander Thorley commented, “Its a pleasure to visit Stourport Boat Club, and to be part of this very special occasion. My thanks go to all those who have supported the RAF in our special year, and with this boat naming its wonderful that we will have a long association with one of your boats”
The addition to the club fleet will support further regional and national success for Stourport’s junior rowing squad.