Here are a selection of the millions of photos of boats I took yesterday at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames. We were on the Canal and River Trust's narrow boat, the Waterscape. It was a very great experience, despite being really quite wet, windy and miserable - spirits were high on the boats, there were thousands of onlookers waving flags lining the river along the entire route and I really enjoyed spending the day messing about on a boat. I think it's pretty fair to assume that I'd like to have a go at a narrow boat holiday in the future. There seems to be a really nice sense of community. A great way to prepare for Leicester's Riverside Festival next weekend!
|The Waterscape with skipper, Del. Nice early start!|
|The narrowboats all going down in the lock together onto the Thames|
|There were many beautiful tall ships moored along the side of the river|
A really, really big picture of the Queen and her family on the side of a buiding
|The Boy drove the boat for a bit during the Pageant!|
|Some of the brave and be-costumed man powered boats, who rowed for HOURS!|
|Tower Bridge was opened to let the Queen through |
and then remained open during the Pageant.
|This is us going past the Queen. She is the white blob under the gold canopy in the middle! She waved at us.|
|The narrowboats in the lock on their way home after a long day!|