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Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race

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The historic Doggett's Coat and Badge Race on the River Thames from London Bridge to Chelsea was held on Friday.

Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race
Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race
Members of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen follow the progress of the race from the 'Elizabethan' as it passes the Doggett's Coat and Badge pub at Blackfriars
Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race
Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race
One of the competitors approaches Waterloo Bridge
Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race

This annual race for newly qualified Thames watermen and lightermen was first contested in 1715 and is thought to be the oldest continuing sporting contest in the world.

The race is named after Irish actor Thomas Doggett.

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