Doggett’s Emblem and Rowing Awards
On Tuesday 29th of January the first Doggett’s Emblem and Rowing Awards Dinner was held at Watermen’s Hall.
At this very well attended event the presentations were made by The Master, Dr Iain Reid and the Prime Warden of the FIshmongers’ Company, Mr David Robinson. Mr Robinson presented the Doggett’s medal to the runner up Mr George McCarthy. The Master presented the Doggett’s silver pins to the 2018 winner Mr Alfie Anderson. and Mr George McCarthy.
The Master Dr Iain Reid, Past Master Simon McCarthy and the 2018 Doggetts Coat and Badge WInner Alfie Anderson
The Ben Woollacott Memorial Sculls Trophy was awarded to Jimmy Anderson by Freeman Steve Woollacott. (See below)
The George Saunders 1959 Doggett’s winner Cup was awarded to the most improved apprentice at the 2018 Henley Sculling Weekend , James Berry.
Certificates to those attending the Henley Sculling Weekend went to Joe McCarthy, Mathew Brookes, Sam Miles, Thomas Costin, Billy Welsh, James Berry, Jimmy Anderson and Lucas Ansbro-Bennett.
This was a very special evening with many former Doggett’s Coat and Badge Winners supporting the apprentices along with their very proud families and friends to celebrate their achievements.
Former Doggett’s winner Past Master Crouch gave a traditional toast to Thomas Doggett
A Toast to Thomas Doggett.
A man of humour, dance and whit
His wager keeps the watermen fit.
Many since that bygone day
have pulled along his five mile way
Over the course they had to flog it
To race for the coat of Mr. Doggett
So honour him with the ancient hale
To Thomas Doggett, the Toast, Wassail
Middle English wæs hæil ‘be in (good) health!’: from Old Norse ves heill (compare with hail). The drinking formula wassail (and the reply drinkhail ‘drink good health’) were probably introduced by Danish-speaking inhabitants of England, and then spread, so that by the 12th century the usage was considered by the Normans to be characteristic of Englishmen