Final plans for the second Henley-on-Thames River Pageant have just been announced for Sunday 2 June to celebrate the Queen’s coronation and the organisers are inviting boat owners to apply to take part.
Last year, for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee approximately 90 boats took part in the Henley river pageant and a hugely appreciative audience lined the riverbanks and bridge despite the shocking weather forecast. There were slipper launches, open launches and cruisers, canoes, skiffs, rowing boats, a Dragon boat, a floating garden, a foldaway boat and many others.
This year the Coronation River Pageant will be in aid of the Rivertime Boat Trust, and their specially adapted boat for disabled passengers which will be on show opposite the River and Rowing Museum on the day.
The boats will set off at 12 noon from just below Temple Island going up through Henley Bridge, past Mill and Marsh Meadows, turning around the top island, coming back down and mooring at Marsh Meadows. The organisers would like to thank the Copas Partnership for the free moorings at the muster point and Henley Town Council for the free moorings at Marsh Meadows all day for the boats.
The organisers are looking for traditionally built wooden boats, steam boats, or boats of VERY special interest i.e. a character craft and are inviting the boat owners to dress up for a party and decorate their boats with as much bling as possible. There will be a prize for the Best Dressed Boat and Best Dressed Skipper and Crew.
If you would like to enter your boat, please complete the application form available at http://www.henleyriverpageant.com/#!sign-up-here/c1d94 by the 15 May.
For full details go to the new website @ www.henleyriverpageant.com