My trea­sured heir­loom

Country Life Every Week - - Future Heirlooms -

Tim Gosling, de­signer

My fa­ther, Prof Ray­mond Gosling [who, in 1952, took the first pic­ture of the dou­ble he­lix of DNA] rowed at Hen­ley in the 1940s and, fol­low­ing in his foot­steps, my nephew has rowed over the past two years. I in­her­ited all my fa­ther’s re­gatta badges—which, for years, re­mained squir­reled away in his sock drawer—and am now en­deav­our­ing to fill some of the rogue gaps. Some blaz­ers clearly re­turned home with­out the enamel badge— were they a vic­tim of drunk-and­dis­or­derly be­hav­iour or per­haps it was just out­rage from my mother, Mary? She tol­er­ated the Hen­ley be­hav­iour un­til the 1990s, when she put her foot down and re­fused to go along any­more.

The col­lec­tion is now al­most the full set from the re­gatta in 1924 to the cur­rent day, with only nine to find. The badges from the 1920s and 1930s have be­come col­lec­tor’s items and sell for more than £1,000 on ebay.

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