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In Pictures: Rain fails to sink spirits as boat fans gather at festival

The Thames Traditional Boat Festival is a celebration of all that is best in British boatbuilding.

A man carries an umbrella at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival in Henley-on-Thames (Andrew Matthews/PA)
A man carries an umbrella at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival in Henley-on-Thames (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Visitors to the Thames Traditional Boat Festival in Henley-on-Thames were trying not to let the rain spoil their enjoyment.

The annual event is a celebration of all that is best in British boatbuilding and craftsmanship.

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The weather was not much better across the rest of the country.

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People walk in the rain in central London (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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