The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today hailed the role the River Thames has in the life of the capital during a visit to TS Tenacious, the tall ship currently moored in Woolwich as part of Totally Thames. The Mayor is supporting the month-long arts and cultural celebration, which features over 100 river-related events along its entire 42 mile course through the capital.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘I am delighted to support Totally Thames, which is a fantastic way to get people delving deeper into the significance of the river in London’s history and the role it has to play in our city’s future. Along its banks, new housing developments are sprouting up in places like Battersea and Greenwich and we’re working on a variety of projects to enhance the river and attract Londoners and tourists alike. 8.5 million people travelled on the river last year and we want that number to increase by 2020. As this month long celebration highlights, the Thames is very much a living river, so take the plunge and enjoy the unprecedented variety of activities on offer.’
The Mayor met with crew members from TS Tenacious, a tall ship owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which is fitted out to be fully accessible, allowing people with disabilities to crew a tall ship at sea. He also met local young crew trainees from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. They have received sponsorship to enable them to take part in the Regatta from Falmouth to Greenwich. Aged 18-25, the young Londoners are from local schools and colleges, or unemployed. The Regatta provides young people with life-changing experiences and invaluable new skills as well as opportunities to work in teams.
Also taking part in the visit were Totally Thames Director, Adrian Evans; Robert Gordon Clark, Chair, Thames Festival Trust; Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader, RB Greenwich; Cllr Miranda Williams, Cabinet Member for Culture and Creative Industries, RB Greenwich; and Duncan Souster, Chief Executive, Jubilee Sailing Trust.