The Old Magic Still There!

The Pangbourne Eight of 1963 - Winners of the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley.

The Pangbourne Term ends with Founders' Day, usually in the first week of July, which also generally co-incides with Henley Royal Regatta. Pangbourne have won at Henley on several occasions, more often than most other schools, and one of their successes came in 1963, some fifty years ago. The event was The Princess Elizabeth Cup and so, in 2013, the 1963 crew re-assembled to celebrate their wonderful victory. In fact all but one of the 'senior citizens' were tracked down and on Henley Friday met up at the college boathouse in Pangbourne for a practice row. The boat and blades were quite different from 1963, then heavy wood constructions now lightweight kevlar and carbon-fibre. The crew donned new - but tradtional - rowing kit and in lovely summer sunshine they went through their paces. From the first stroke the timing and balance were spot on, or pretty nearly so! I was invited to photograph this reunion outing, prior to the crew appearing the next day to row over the actual Henley course. What a great occasion!

Please read the following before you rush to the photos - it will make life easier for you! All the photos are stored on my Cloud Drive, which is available 24/7 without any need to email or any contact. When you click on one of the links below you will be taken to a folder called PE 1963 OP8 and within this are the photos. You will see two ways of viewing the photos, list and icon, icon is probably the best. When your computer has loaded the folder you will see low-res thumbnails of the 7 photos. You can make a note of the images you wish to download. Then go to the thumbnail of an image you would like and then right-click it. You can then click on 'Download'. Depending on your computer, you will then get an option to open or save the image. Your computer's default may be a folder called, suprisingly, 'Downloads'. You would be better to use 'Save As' and put the image(s) into a named folder - PE 1963 perhaps? If you have a problem then contact me on

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