It's a country at war ... but the row must go on

PUBLISHED: 11:03 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 12:18 04 May 2010

ROLLING BACK THE YEARS: The BBC film crew alongside the river by The Maltings as  Adam Henson interviews Martin Whitworth.
Photos: JACK WATERFALL

ROLLING BACK THE YEARS: The BBC film crew alongside the river by The Maltings as Adam Henson interviews Martin Whitworth. Photos: JACK WATERFALL

THE BBC was in Ely on Tuesday, filming for the Country File programme. The episode, which will be screened on Sunday at 11am on BBC 1, features a piece on Ely s connection to the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. The Cambridge University Boat Club has had

ROLLING BACK THE YEARS: The BBC film crew alongside the river by The Maltings as  Adam Henson interviews Martin Whitworth.
Photos: JACK WATERFALL

THE BBC was in Ely on Tuesday, filming for the Country File programme.

The episode, which will be screened on Sunday at 11am on BBC 1, features a piece on Ely's connection to the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

The Cambridge University Boat Club has had a boathouse by the river since the 19th Century and the crew regularly practises here for the race.

In 1944, the race was held on the Adelaide Course in Ely because the Second World War meant it was too dangerous to stage it in London.

One of those interviewed on Tuesday was Martin Whitworth, a member of the 1944 Cambridge crew.

He said: "In Ely, there is a long, straight stretch of water going up towards Adelaide Bridge and the River Lark, which gave us a good mile-and-a-half to practise on.

"In '44, we would come up by train, and our boats were kept at Appleyard's (now the Boathouse Restaurant).

"We felt reasonably fit but there were no extra rations for us rowers. After eating at our colleges we would go to the British Restaurant for extras - lunch was 11d (just under 5p) and pudding 3d (just over 1p)."

Martin was an engineering student and a member of Lady Margaret Boat Club.

One of the Country File presenters, Adam Henson, told The Ely Standard: "We have really enjoyed our time in Ely. People have told us some fascinating anecdotes and everyone has been so helpful.

"In particular, it has been such an honour to meet Martin Whitworth. He is an amazing gentleman with many interesting stories to tell about his life.

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