The Vintners Company – Vintners Hall

Kenny Dwan discusses his battle with Covid 19 in TV interview

In a very moving but typically amusing interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, Kenny Dwan, former Vintners’ Company Swan Upper, recounts his battle with Covid 19 during a three week period in hospital.

Watch the full interview in the video below.

Kenneth Victor Dwan was born in Rotherhithe on 6th July 1948 to a family of lightermen in the Port of London.  He joined Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club at the age of 12 initially as a cox but soon as an oarsman.

Ken won the prestigious Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race in 1971.  He was Britain’s best single sculler in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  He sculled at the European Championships in 1969 and 1971, at the World Championships in 1970, and at the Olympic Games in 1968 and 1972.  At Henley in 1968, he reached the final of the Diamond Sculls.  He won the Tideway Scullers Head 1969 – 1971 and again in 1973.  Further, Ken won the Wingfield Sculls 1968 – 1972 and again in 1975.

The Dwan family has the most living Doggett’s winners.  Ken is the father of Nicholas (winner 2002) and Robert (winner 2004). His brother, John, won in 1977 as did John’s son, Merlin, in 2012.

Merlin (2012) is in the front with (left to right) Nicolas (2002), Kenny (1971), John (1977) and Robert (2004).
Picture: British Rowing.

Glenn Roberts

Vintners Company Covid 19 Appeal – City Harvest

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Master’s Installation 2019

Master’s Installation 2019 On Wednesday 10th July 2019, Mr Christopher (Chris) Davey was installed as the 525th Master of the Vintners’ Company The Master ‘badged’ his Wardens as follows: Upper Warden: Ann Hill Renter Warden: Edward Berry Swan Warden: Anthony Fairbank The events of the day

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Master’s Installation 2018

Master’s Installation 2018 On Wednesday 11th July 2018, Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley was installed as the 524th Master of the Vintners’ Company The events of the day were attended by some 150 Members, guests and staff of the Vintners’ Company. Following the Ceremony of Installation

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Vintners Velo
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Vintners Velo Inaugural Ride

Vintners Velo Inaugural Ride Vintners’ Velo was established in 2018.  It came about following the very successful ‘City to Surf’ cycle ride from London to Cornwall in 2015.  An initiative of the then Master, Rupert Clevely, the ride covered a distance of 300 miles in

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The Queen presents new standard to Royal Tank Regiment

The Queen presents new standard to Royal Tank Regiment WO1 (RSM) Upham, The Master, Lt Col Ridgeway MBE On Wednesday 25 April 2018 the Master Vintner, Nick Arkell, represented the Vintners’ Company as Her Majesty the Queen, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Tank Regiment, presented the Regiment with a new standard

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The Master, Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and Sheriffs
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The Lord Mayor dines at Vintners Hall

The Lord Mayor dines at Vintners Hall On Thursday 26th October 2017, the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants had the pleasure to welcome The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley,  to Vintners’ Hall as the principal

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Nick Arkell - Master 2017 - 2018
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Master’s Installation 2017

Master’s Installation 2017 On Wednesday 12th July 2017, Mr Nick Arkell was installed as the 523rd Master of the Vintners’ Company The events of the day were attended by some 130 Members, guests and staff of the Vintners’ Company. Following the Ceremony of Installation in

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Vintners Company City to Surf Charity Cycle Ride
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Cycling 300 miles – City to Surf 2015

Cycling 300 miles – City to Surf 2015 How to raise money for the Vintners’ Foundation is a perennial issue.  It has become customary in the past few years for the Company to hold a specific fundraising event, either for the Vintners’ Foundation or for

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