John Ivey sculling in Radley built Sculler on the Lea June 2015
The picture shows the handover ceremony of one of the 6 Doggetts scullers which was in 1956 I believe.
One of the six later was purchased by Hexam rowing club and renamed the J Hopper, who was a famous professional sculler in the early 20 th century in NE England. More recently Roger Bean completely restored the J Hopper and it now resides in the Kidderminster area where Roger moved to recently. He is mending a leak and sculls the J Hopper on the Severn at nearby Bewdley rowing club.
At the time there was a two page article in a local Hackney paper about Sid Radley and the Doggetts contract. The article says each sculler cost £100. Sids daughter June Cann nee Radley sent me the article and said at the time there a no of errors in it. So not sure about whether £100 is correct. Thanks to Roger bean, Chris Dodd and June for the information in this post.
The HRR website and shop have sold 13 copies and it looked very good in the shop at Henley
Hard cover version is now in stock. Not on the internet. Apply by email if interested. email@example.com