We now know that a number of barges will be at the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on 3 June.
News today, story here and here, that Ipswich-based sb Victor will be moored near HMS Belfast, and will be crewed by young people from the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook, Suffolk.
Originally the Royal Hospital School was an “asylum”, or orphanage and
school, for children of deceased or disabled Royal Naval seamen, founded in 1712, and was housed at Greenwich. In 1933 it moved to Suffolk to find a larger site, and is now a leading independent boarding and day school. The school is very proud of its links with the Royal Navy, and keeps a number of naval traditions, including all pupils being issued with naval uniforms for ceremonial occasions.
Pupils are encouraged to sail, and the crew for the Victor was chosen by a selection process from the many who wanted to take part. Being part of the River Pageant is something they will remember for the rest of their life.