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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant plans continue

1st May 2012

Sailors from across the UK are making plans to take part in the Diamond Jubilee boat pageant.

EastEnders star Steve McFadden has already confirmed that he will be at the helm of a boat next month as part of the celebrations and he will now be joined on the waters by two narrowboats from Shropshire.

The two crafts will be crewed by a number of wounded soldiers as part of an initiative funded by the Lyneal Trust charity.

The Shropshire Lad and Shropshire Lass will carry a total of nine wounded and injured soldiers who serve with the Personnel Recovery Unit based at Copthorne Barracks, Shrewsbury.

Lt Col Guy Chambers, one of the organisers of the two boats, said: "For soldiers wounded in action, these types of activity are extremely important in their recovery and to be involved in such a prestigious event only adds to the sense of satisfaction and achievement they will gain."

It will take around three weeks for the specially adapted boats to travel the 237 miles from North Shropshire to the Thames.

The pageant will take place on June 3rd and the boats will leave Battersea Bridge at 2pm and will include a wide range of vessels such as historic boats, wooden launches and steam vessels.

The flotilla will then arrive at Tower Bridge to be greeted by a gun salute and it is expected that thousands of spectators, including those enjoying London hotel deals, will line the riverbank to get a glimpse of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as well as several other royal family members.

The Lyneal Trust is a charity that provides subsidised holidays and canal boat trips for people with disabilities from its headquarters at Lyneal Wharf.


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