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Thames 'going for gold' to bring it back to life for 2012 Olympics

PUBLISHED: 08:26 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

Tower Bridge: gateway to the Thames

Tower Bridge: gateway to the Thames

THE THAMES is 'centre stage' next week with Olympic athletes launching a clean-up on the foreshore and the Port of London authority trying to get more freight traffic back onto the river. Gold medallist Sally Gunnel has been called in to kickstart a 'tidy up' programme on March 10

THE THAMES is 'centre stage' next week with Olympics athletes launching a clean-up on the foreshore and the Port of London authority trying to get more freight traffic back onto the river.

Olympics gold medallist Sally Gunnel has been called in to kick-start a 'tidy time' programme on Monday(March 10), when the 1992 champ is joined by 2008 Beijing medal hopeful Jessica Ennis on the river foreshore by the Tower of London.

They are putting a spark to the campaign for the capital "to become the cleanest city on earth" leading up to 2012, as they join volunteers cleaning up the foreshore.

It's followed on Tuesday evening(March 11) by an open meeting on the future of the tidal river for anyone to put their views to the Port authority.

Issues under discussion include safety, vessel speed, leisure and recreational activities and getting more freight and cargo traffic back on the river that was once the world's busiest port.

Chief executive Richard Everitt and chief harbour master David Snelson open the discussion and will answer questions.

The meeting is at 6.30pm at the Museum in Docklands in West India Quay, Canary Wharf, open to anyone interested in the tidal river and the work of the PLA.

More details of activities on the Thames are on the PLA website:

www.portoflondon.co.uk www.address.com

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