Minden on the River Thames

14/06/12 11:10

I wanted to try to put into words the madness which was the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant. After 2 years planning and a full dress rehearsal in September 2011 we finally managed to finish Minden and set off for the pageant at the end of May.
 
We had no idea of the sheer scale of the event and the intense emotion it would generate and also the media frenzy which greeted us on our arrival in West India Docks ! Minden was placed front and centre of the media podium and featured in a number of TV programs,the One Show in particular and also Sky News twice with a brief visit from the beeb. We certainly hogged the lime light and attracted a lot of admiring comments.
 
The actual day itself was very long, very cold and very wet,however the bulldog spirit came to the fore and the day was enjoyed by everyone, We set off in formation and started pumping water asap, we did this all way down and the riverbank crowd were making so much noise cheering us on that we soon got into trouble with the Queen's Harbour Master....apparently the VIP guests on HMS Belfast didn't enjoy the soaking, oops.
 
As we came under Tower Bridge we fired up the pumps to maximum and to a man we are convinced that Her Majesty pointed to Minden,not sure if it was because we were painted bright red or whether it was the fact we looked amazing, pumping all that water.
 
The organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant issued a public vote of thanks to the millions of people who braved the weather to line the banks of the river Thames to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen - and to watch the 1,000 boat, seven-mile flotilla between Battersea and Tower Bridge.
 
"The spectacular flotilla of vessels from across the UK, the Commonwealth and beyond, was watched by millions of well-wishers - many dressed for the occasion in red, white and blue - on giant screens in central London and in cities up and down the country. Some 90,000 revellers watched on screens from the Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park, as well as those joining the celebrations from home in what is expected to be a huge UK and global television audience.
Lord Salisbury added: "Today’s Pageant was also a public launch for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, which aims to raise funds for good causes in the UK and the Commonwealth – with a particular focus on young people. It is our great hope that the out-pouring of public support for the Monarch at today’s Pageant gives the Jubilee Trust the boost it so richly deserves." 
 
I cannot thank enough the people who so kindly got involved in the project from the start, LEWMAR for assisting in getting the boat to and back from the event, Emsworth Yacht Harbour and all the staff for their hard work and Jim and his team including International paint for getting the boat looking so stunning. ..!
 
I have attached two images - one of Minden ready to go and one from the event itself.

Simon Britt, EYH Berthholder

 Minden

 Minden at River Pageant

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