12:00PM, Thursday 23 July 2015
The annual Royal Swan Upping ceremony got underway this week, stopping off at locations throughout the Royal Borough.
It began on Monday in Sunbury, travelling along the Thames before stopping at Romney Lock.
On Tuesday morning it set off from Windsor Eton Bridge and went through Boveney Lock, Boulters Lock and Cookham Bridge, before finishing for the day at Marlow Lock.
On Wednesday it set off from Marlow Bridge, heading through Hurley, Hambleden and Henley, before finishing in Sonning.
The sun has shone on the event, which is the annual swan census, attracting crowds at the various stopping points.
On Tuesday residents gathered on the banks of the river at Bray Lock to watch the second day of the Swan Upping pass.
Jean and Peter Tyler had walked down from their home in Dorney Reach. They said they enjoyed watching the boats pass and tried to watch it every year.
Mr Tyler said: “We have to keep this tradition going.”
Richard Iwinski from Tunbridge Wells experienced Swan Upping for the first time this week.
He was on a boat down the Thames and had ‘never heard of it’ before.
“We passed it on our way down the river and it looked very traditional,” he said. “They looked very impressive.”
The Queen’s Swan Marker, David Barber, is accompanied by swan uppers of the Vintners’ and Dyers’ Livery, which have shared ownership of swans.
Speaking before the week, he said the ‘most disappointing news’ affecting swans on the Thames was the number of them being shot with air guns.
He said: “These senseless shootings cause horrific injuries and often death, with the injured swans and cygnets sometimes taking days or even weeks to die if they are not discovered soon after being shot.”
John Dwan, 59, from Woolwich was rowing with the Dyers company and he said he was pleased they had ‘lovely weather’ for the week.
He was joined by Lee Wootten, 25, from Cookham, the youngest member of the team and taking part in his first full week of Swan Upping.
Full details of the results of the Swan Upping will be released next week.
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