Saturday, 25 September 2021

River pageant will mark coronation anniversary

ALMOST 100 boats will take part in a river pageant in Henley on Sunday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

ALMOST 100 boats will take part in a river pageant in Henley on Sunday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

The flotilla of vintage, classic and character crafts will parade for two hours, starting from below Temple Island at noon before passing through Henley, doing a short circuit and then mooring up at Marsh Meadows where they will be on show for the afternoon.

The crews have been asked to dress in the style of 1953 for the event, which is in aid of the Rivertime Boat Trust.

Tim Stevenson, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, will arrive at Mill Meadows for noon and will see Rivertime, the trust's boat that takes disabled children and adults on to the river.

Boat owners have donated £1,000 so far and a collection will be held on the day outside the River and Rowing Museum. Mr Stevenson will then board Sabrina, a 140-year old steam inspection launch, and from its high deck will take the official salute from the passing flotilla.

Among the boats on display will be umpire launches Enchantress and Elsie, both built by Hobbs of Henley 100 years ago, an amphibious car called Platypus and Taurus, a fake US Great Lakes mini-tug.

There will also be lots of slipper launches, open launches, steam boats, rowing skiffs and cruisers.

Jan Beyts, who chairs the organising committee, urged people to watch the spectacle. She said: "Both Mill and Marsh Meadows are ideal picnic areas for families and all along the Henley riverside and from the bridge will give a grand view.

"The weather forecast is for no rain during the day, so dig out the jubilee flags and join Henley's coronation river party."

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