Messing about on the river

SHOREHAM lifeboat coxswain Peter Huxtable rowed his way to another victory for the RNLI in the 34th annual Adur Bath Tub Race on Saturday.

Thursday, 28th July 2005, 10:10 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:45 pm

Peter and fellow lifeboat crew member Steve Smith came in 14 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals, clocking up a time of one hour and 11 minutes under sunny skies and to cheering crowds at the finish line at Adur Recreation Ground.

Peter, who normally rows with brother Ricky, away on holiday, said: "We were second underneath the bridge at the start, so we rowed a bit faster to take the lead."

Hundreds of spectators were at Beeding and Bramber Bridge to watch the chaotic start and ready to pelt the 39 bath tubbers with flour bombs, eggs and water.

BBC South Today presenter Caroline Richardson started the race by firing a confetti gun and the tubbers pushed off from the starting positions by the riverbank in a mad fight to start rowing.

The West Sussex Winter Tennis League tub Anna K came second '“ despite having a team of rowers who kept swapping over during the race, and Barth Adur donned Darth Vader costumes to win the most