EVESHAM Rowing Club have a new coxed four boat courtesy of a veteran of some 70 years.

Val and Ivor Dudley donated the vessel named Kittiwake which was presented to members by chairman John Lomas last month.

The official party was completed by rowing captain Simon Edwards, vice-captains Andrew Woodward and Carol Lovelock and Duncan MacDonald who played a major role liaising with the Dudleys.

Ahead of the unveiling, Val Dudley said: “As you will know a kittiwake is a charming little bird which we all hope will fly through the water with grace and speed.

“I trust Kittiwake will live up to all my expectations and naming this boat gives me enormous pleasure.

"May God bless her and all that row in her – not forgetting the cox who will hopefully keep her on a straight and steady course.”

The traditional first row then took place with Debbie Staite, Nicky Perry, Rosie Macdonald, Tracy Stapleton and cox Emma Elias the proud members to take Kittiwake on her maiden voyage.