Christmas Lights Paddle – Dec 2018

The evening of Wednesday December 12 turned out to be very chilly, however, this did not stop a large, too many to mention group of Hamptoneers gathering at the clubhouse. The reason? To decorate boats for the clubs annual Festive Lights Paddle.

The plan was to meet at 18-00, but Hamptoneers started to arrive as early as 17-30 to start their festive designs. Non paddling Hamptoneers turned up also and they were not disappointed by what turned out to be an excellent effort, a fantastic flotilla of festiveness. Christmas trees, Reindeer, glitter balls, stars, lights and a full blown Father Christmas.

A blaze of glory headed off downstream to the Ye Olde Swan in Thames Ditton, where we had a table booked for food. River boat house owners starred in bewilderment as we paddled past in a large number of Canoes, Easkys, K1s and K2s.

A big shout out to every Hamptoneer who got involved. Although an excellent effort was made by all, it would not be right if I did not mention, Derek and Frank’s effort, excellent. Mark for being so smart, Tamra for supplying the music and Maxine for putting up with my singing, but the bragging rights for best decorated boat this year has to go to Robert and Lourette, for turning their K2 into Reindeer drawn sleigh. Amazing.

Peter McBride