From:                                         Amy Johnson <>

Sent:                                           02 March 2012 18:27

To:                                               'Amy Johnson'

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue One


Issue One – 2 March, 2012



Welcome to this, the first newsletter to owners of vessels invited to take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.


Thank you so much for agreeing to take part in this historic event –

I appreciate that the involvement of your vessel represents a considerable contribution on your behalf and my team and I will be working hard to make your participation as well organized for you as we can. I hope that you’ll treasure the experience of taking part in the Pageant.


We would also like to thank you all for submitting the information requested in your invitation. We are working to respond to every email we receive and will be in touch should we have any queries about your submission.



Pageant Master


Your Section Leaders


Our flotilla is divided into a number of sections (also referred to as squadrons) based on vessel type and position in the pageant.

For each of these sections, a section leader with extensive specialist experience has been appointed to provide you with all the specific information you need and to complete the detailed planning process with you.


Your section leader may already have been in touch, but if not they will be shortly. If you are unsure as to who your section leader is, details can be found here.



In The Press…

This week’s article is taken from The Telegraph and tells the inspiring story of Philip Morrell, the owner of luxury cruiser, Spirit of Chartwell, which will be transformed to carry The Queen and other members of the Royal Family down the river as the Royal Barge on the big day:


Telegraph news article


Boat of the Week: The Floating Salon

Our first boat of the week brings the concept of a working barge into the 21st century. Nicola Dawkins and Michael Saunders have successfully converted their vessel Blackjack to trade as The Floating Salon and M.S. Marine Services.


Usually based on the Kennet and Avon Canal (where boats have traded for over 200 years), The Floating Salon offers customers in need of a trim or restyle a unique hairdressing experience. Fellow vessel owners can also take advantage of Michael’s expertise in marine electrical services.


Nicola and Michael are very excited to be taking part as one of the vessels in the Barge Section of the flotilla. They plan to decorate their barge by painting a Union Jack on the roof alongside red, white and blue bunting and streamers. On-board for the big day they will celebrate with family and friends, with the ladies all sporting bespoke fascinators made by Nicola.


For more information about The Floating Salon, please visit:


We’d love to hear your stories about your vessels, plans for the day and people on board, so if you have a story to share, please email it to us at:



Data Protection


To ensure that the Pageant is as successful as it can possibly be, the team behind it are working hard to keep the press and general public well informed. It is very useful for us to be able to tell the press and public the stories of the wonderful people and vessels taking part in the flotilla to help build excitement for the historic day and make sure that your part in it is fully recognised.


We would therefore appreciate it if you could please read the form here and if you are happy for us to use you and your vessel in this way, please respond to: by 31st March 2012 with your consent.




We have already received a number of questions from you about the flotilla and know that over the next few weeks there will be more to come. We’re in the process of building a database with answers to your frequently asked questions that we hope to share with you next week.


In the meantime if you have any questions that you would like to ask us, please email:



In the next edition, we will be sharing with you:


-          The Metropolitan Police Security Form to be completed and returned by 31st March 2012

-          A schedule of information you will be receiving from us over the next twelve issues

-          More news and stories


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