Chris Bonington – 15 October

I went down to London with Wendy, my son Rupert, daughter in law Ann and grand children Emily and Will for my investiture into the Royal Victorian Order. We decided to go down a day early to do some sightseeing.

My friend, Bill Callaghan on left, is a Yeoman Warder at the Tower and very kindly laid on for us a really brilliant tour.

He’s also a volunteer with the Thames section of the RNLI, so then took us down to meet them at their wharf opposite Somerset House. They made us wonderfully welcome and took us for a brilliant ride on one of their rescue boats

Emily and Will were too small to actually take to the water but they were fully dressed up and briefed on the pier side.

The grown ups were taken on 30 knot jaunt up and down the Thames to show the boat’s paces.

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the Palace, but this is in the Court Yard after the investiture

It was great having Emily and Will with us and a very great honour to receive the CVO at the hand of the Queen for my services to Outward Bound, which is a charity supported by Berghaus.