Queens Diamond celebrations


Details of 1,000 vessels revealed Repertoire for all 10 music barges announced Large parts of Central London riverside and bridges pedestrianised Battersea Park tickets on sale to the public The organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant have today released the final details of the 1,000-boat tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year reign. The largest public event of the Diamond Jubilee weekend and potentially the largest live public event ever held in London, the Pageant will take place on Sunday 3rd June on the river from above Battersea to below Tower Bridge. The flotilla itself will be over seven miles long and – including mustering, dispersal and the avenue of sail – will include some 25 miles of Thames river bank. The flotilla will pass under all 13 Central London river crossings, from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge, and will take at least 75 minutes to pass any given point. This unique spectacle, inspired by a rich history and tradition of entertainment and theatre on the Thames, will include up to 20,000 participants on the water and up to a million spectators on the river banks and public spaces. The major broadcasters expect the global audience to number in the billions. Details of the boats participating in the Pageant are published at www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org. Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, said: “The Pageant on 3rd June will be a unique occasion to celebrate a British Monarch. Our organising team, the hundreds who have entered their boats, the thousands on the river, the hundreds of thousands lining the banks and the many hundreds of millions watching on television, will want to pay a fitting tribute to The Queen for her 60 years of service. The Pageant will be an event that will fulfil this ambition.” Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Pageant Sunday 3rd June 2012

Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms are inviting you to join them to watch the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at highwater on Sunday 3rd June when they will be serving a special Jubilee Sunday lunch 

Full coverage of the Jubilee Pagaent  will be viewed on two large screens in the Mulberry Restaurant. The lunch will commence from 12.00 noon with a welcome pimms and canapes followed by a mouth watering  three course Sunday lunch served from 12.30 onwards.

At high water (midday) up to a thousand boats will muster on the River Thames including Her Majesty The Queen The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family on the Royal Barge (The Spirit of Chartwell) all taking part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. Rowed boats, working boats  and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Flags, their crews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. The armed forces, fire, police, resuce and other services will be afloat and there will be an exuberance of historic boats, wooden launches, steam vessels and other boats of note. Continue reading

Diamond Day Trow takes shape for Queens June 3rd Celebrations

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 jeremypt@hotmail.com.