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The Pageant, the barges and some pictures

The Flotilla passes barges moored either side in the Pool of London

The highlight of recent weeks has to be the Queen’s Diamond

Jubilee Pageant on the Thames, where a considerable number of Thames barges took part.   They were in the Avenue of Sail between London Bridge and Wapping rather than in the Pageant itself because they are too tall to go under any of the bridges higher up.

It was an exciting time for those lucky enough to be on board the barges during the Pageant, or those who helped sail them up to the Pool of London.

I have to say that I was disappointed that the Thames sailing barges got so little mention on TV or in the press.   After all, the Pageant was on the River Thames, and they are the boats specially designed for the river and which for so many years carried goods to and from London by river.   I hate criticizing what the Queen was doing, or what her advisers had her do, but I had hoped that when the Royal Barge came under Tower Bridge she would continue right to the end of the Avenue of Sail, and then come back to HMS President.   As it were, the Queen reviewing the Avenue of Sail.   It seems a bit pointless having an Avenue of Sail if the principal person is not going to sail through it.     I hope the barge crews didn’t feel too disappointed.

We have established a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant album in our Gallery on Flickr.   Go to the Gallery page, click on the link, and you will see the QDJP folder.   There are only a few pictures on at the moment, but we shall be adding to them regularly.   Incidentally, if any of the barges which took part would like to send us their pictures, we will be happy to include them.    Send them to us at:-

(Tricia Gurnett)

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