Marlow Town Regatta and Festival is a not for profit organisation run for the purpose of managing the annual Marlow Town Regatta and Festival.
Date: 13 June 20 — 14 June 20 | Report this event.
Entrance Price free Per person
The organisation, often known simply as “MTRF” is run by an unpaid volunteer management committee made up of local residents. The Honorary Joint Presidents are Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL and Lady Ann Redgrave. The management committee is chaired by Mr Mr Robin Atkinso, treasurer Mr Andrew Jones and 15 to 20 other members. If you wish to contact MTRF, please use the Contact menu links above.
MTRF manages all land based aspects of the Marlow Town Rowing Regatta which it runs in conjunction with Marlow Rowing Club who coordinate all competitor activities. On the Sunday, MTRF manage 2 simultaneous events. On land “Festival Day” includes arena events, live music and numerous trade, craft and food stalls whilst the Marlow Dragon Boat Festival which is run in conjunction with Team Activity Group, a specialist Dragon Boating events company takes place on the river.
The MTRF Coat of Arms
The arms were officially granted on September 11th 1989. The motto, “Malo Optimum Sequi” meaning “I choose to strive for the best” expresses Marlow’s search for excellence and the spirit of its Regatta and contains a typical heraldic play on the name of our town.
The black pale, forming a stylised bridge over the waves, along with the oars and laurel wreath symbolise Marlow’s situation on the Thames and its associated activities. The celestial crown and the two books are symbolic of All Saints Church and other churches and its scholastic and literary connections.
The colours of the mantling are those of the Hobart and Willoughby families commemorated in the Parish Church.
The Norman crown containing a grassy mound refers to William the Conqueror’s wife, Queen Maud’s tenure of land on which Marlow grew. The swan is that of the Earls and Dukes of Buckingham, familiar in the County’s heraldry and as a former Marlow emblem, it holds a wheel transfixed by lightning to indicate the modern industries and has in it’s beak a two-leaved shamrock in allusion to the Irish descent of Councillors McCall and Murray and in appreciation of their enthusiastic involvement in obtaining the Coat of Arms for the Town Council. The crown around the swan’s neck is formed of M’s for Marlow.