Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club
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|Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club|
|Location||Isle of Dogs, London, England|
|Former names||The Blackwall Rowing and Athletic Club|
|Mark Hunter, Kenny Dwan, John Roberts, Colin Seymour|
Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club was founded in 1854 and is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Great Britain. It was established by a group of young lightermen as "The Blackwall Rowing and Athletic Club". Boats were carried to the river from a local pub.
After World War I there was an increase in membership from shipwrights, boilermakers and stevedores from the nearby shipyards and docks, although the depression in the 1930s led to reduced activity again.
The club reformed with its present name in 1935 and established a club and boat house on the present site in 1937.
The Club has a successful record in regattas, and in recent years has produced several international oarsmen. Members of the Club have represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games and World Championships.
The club house marks the finish of the annual Great River Race.
- http://www.pbdrc.co.uk/ official website
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