Over the months there had been various meetings and discussions with members of Richmond Borough Council about a long term home moorings for Gloriana.
On 23rd September Lord True, leader of RBC, invited the Mayor of Richmond, members of the Council and other influential local residents to a meeting aboard Gloriana in Twickenham to discuss the plans for a new River Park for London.
Gloriana motored down to the moorings at Hammerton’s Ferry where a volunteer crew from Twickenham RC, Met. Police RC and others boarded and wearing the maroon QRB crew shirts prepared to row.
The guests arrived, boarded and after a welcome from Lord Sterling and Lord True, with light refreshments being served, QRB slipped her moorings and was rowed up round Eel Pie Island, down to Richmond and back over the next hour.
During the row the Mayor, Councilor Meena Bond, asked if she could row having had some previous experience at a local club. She took an oar and joined the crew for a short experience which she greatly enjoyed.