Thursday, 16 September 2021

Dozens of boats to join river pageant

MORE than 70 boat owners have signed up to take part in next month's Henley river pageant to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

MORE than 70 boat owners have signed up to take part in next month's Henley river pageant to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

Organisers say they are thrilled with the response from vintage, classic and character craft owners who will be gracing the river on Sunday, June 2.

The salute will be taken by the Lord Lieutenant for Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson in his capacity as the Queen's representative.

The pageant will act as a fund-raiser for the Rivertime Boat Trust, a charity that organises river trips for the disabled and disadvantaged. Its adapted boat will be available at the River and Rowing Museum's mooring on the day.

Mr Stevenson and his party will arrive at noon, look at Rivertime and then board the boat at the head of the flotilla. The pageant will finish at about 2pm, when all the boats will moor at Marsh Meadows.

Jan Beyts, who chairs the organising committee, said: "Henley has a great tradition of building the most superb wooden boats and many of them will be on show. Very few large wooden boats are being built now as modern materials are cheaper and easier to use.

"Many of the boats you will see at the pageant have been cared for by loving - and not always rich - owners for more than 100 years.

"Some have been 'let go' and then restored to their former glory. All take a huge amount of tender loving care and elbow grease to maintain their woodwork and varnish."

For more information, email Mrs Beyts at janbeyts@aol.com.

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