3rd June Pageant
Final tickets are still available for the KPMG Thames Clippers boats that will join the seven-and-a-half mile flotilla as it proceeds down the Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge on this historic occasion.
A thousand vessels of all shapes and sizes will assemble on the Thames on the afternoon of Sunday 3 June to take part in the biggest celebration the river has seen for over 350 years. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, along with other members of the Royal Family, will travel on the Royal Barge in the royal section of the flotilla.
All passenger boats will travel together, between two music herald barges. One of these, the ninth herald barge, is still to be announced and the tenth, the final vessel in the flotilla, will feature members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, playing a stirring and triumphant ‘last night of the proms’-type repertoire.
Organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant have been inundated with enquires about how members of the public can be involved in this glorious celebration of The Queen’s 60 year reign. Boat owners wishing to take part have been through a rigorous selection process which was completed at the end of last year. For non-boat owners, the only way to experience the thrill of actually taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has been to buy tickets on allocated passenger boats. These have been on sale since before Christmas through individual operators listed on the Thames Diamond Jubilee website but have been sold out for some time.
Sean Collins, Managing Director of KPMG Thames Clippers, said: “Taking part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be literally taking part in history. We’re very pleased that we’ve been able to release tickets for our fleet of 12 passenger boats and we know people will be thrilled that places are still available.”
Tickets for the Pageant are priced along similar lines as tickets for New Year’s Eve. The KPMG Thames Clippers packages include Pimms welcome drink, lunch with wine, afternoon tea and a Champagne toast.
The Wye Trow being built to represent Herefordshire in a pageant on the Thames to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee is taking shape. And now the captain of Ross Rowing Club, Jeremy Picton-Tuberville, who is the Wye Trow Rowing Director, is inviting applicants to crew this prestigious craft.
The Wye Trow will carry a complement of 14 people, including the oarsmen/woman, who will row the craft from fixed seat positions using 15ft oars. It is expected that they will be dressed in period costume and the distance rowed is likely to be between 11-15 kilometres (which will take between 1 ½ and 2 hours).
The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Lady Darnley, will be on board the Trow when it joins 1000 other water craft on June 3rd for what will be the biggest pageant of boats and ships the River Thames has seen for many centuries.
The Wye Trow project team is looking for athletes from Herefordshire to put their names forward for selection into a team of rowers to train for and take part in this historic event.
A squad of 16 oarsmen and woman will be selected from the volunteers to attend trials and crew training on the Sharpness Canel in Gloucester in April and May. From this squad, eight will be chosen to row the Wye Trow at the Pagaent.
The basic requirments for the trow rowers are: Must be aged 16 or more: Must be an experienced rower. (Fixed seat rowing experience an advantage but not essential); Good reach and flexibility; Excellent level of fitness; Must be available for crew training (likely to be in the first two weeks of April and the second week in May) and the Pageant weekend (May 31st to June 4th).
Applicants are invited to write to the Wye Trow Rowing Director summarising how they meet each of the basic requirements and adding briefly any other information they wish.
The address to write to is: Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Coughton House, Coughton, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5SF or by email to email@example.com.