From:                                         Amy Johnson <>

Sent:                                           09 March 2012 17:12

To:                                               Amy Johnson

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue Two


Issue Two – 9 March, 2012


Engaging the media


As you will have seen, press interest in the Pageant is extremely high and you (as part of our flotilla) are of great interest to journalists.


We are very happy for you to tell your stories to the local and regional press in your area and the boating press, but would ask you not to contact the national or international media. If you are contacted by them, please let us know and we will help you prepare a response.


Most journalists you talk to will want to focus on your story. Remember though, that part of a journalist’s job is to be on the lookout for news angles or something that will make a sensational headline. Please bear in mind that anything and everything you say to a journalist can be used in a newspaper, online article, TV or radio programme. If you have any worries or questions please contact us.


Our media team are on hand to offer you support and can be contacted by emailing:



Love our logo?




We’ve heard from many of you about the ways in which you would like to use the Pageant logo in the lead-up to the big day.


If you would like to use it, Matthew Phillips from our Marketing Team can send you the high-res version of the logo and guidance on how it can be used. To contact him, please email:




Security Forms


To enable us to deliver a safe event, the Metropolitan Police requires each vessel and all crew/passengers taking part in the Pageant to complete a Participating Vessels Risk Assessment form. The form can be downloaded here.


The first part (Vessel Details) should be completed once. The second part (Participant Information Form) needs to be duplicated and completed for each member of crew and all passengers (i.e. one form for every person aboard).


Our original deadline of 31st March has been extended to 6th April to give you some more time to collate the required information. Once complete, these forms must be submitted to the Metropolitan Police via email:


Please can we ask you to use your vessel name and pageant registration number as the subject of the forms to make them easy to identify.



In The Press…

Our first article this week focuses on one of our Dunkirk Little Ships The Devon Belle and owner Tim Deaton who will be making the journey from Reading to join us for the Pageant:


Get Reading Article



Our second article shares Andrew Bernstein’s excitement at his vessel Knot Arf being selected to form part of the Recreational Motorboat section:


Harrow Observer Article



Boat of the Week: The Hereford Bull

Invited to form part of our Traditional Rowed section, The Hereford Bull is being specially built for the Pageant by T. Nielsen & Co., the traditional shipbuilders at Gloucester Docks.


Representing Herefordshire as the Lord-Lieutenant's boat, the vessel’s design draws on traditional trows that plied their trade on the River Wye in the 18th and 19th centuries. These trows played a vital role in the prosperity of the region, transporting freight through the river arteries of Herefordshire.


At present, only one complete trow (from the River Severn) remains in existence as a museum piece. As well as its role in the Pageant, the commission of The Hereford Bull through private sponsorship will help future generations learn about the county’s rich maritime heritage.


The team are hugely excited about the project and are planning an official naming ceremony in the Spring to prepare. On Pageant day the trow and oarsmen will display the county standard and signal flags to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.


To keep up to date with their progress in building The Hereford Bull, please visit their website:




In the pipeline…


To help you plan for the big day, we want to highlight some of the information that we will be sharing with you in upcoming issues:


Issue 3: An update on insurance and launch of the Q&A database

Issue 4: A list of all participating vessels and accommodation advice

Issue 5: Launch of our Merchandise Web Shop where you can buy a range of Pageant items, plus we’ll be offering a personal embroidery service on clothing for your crew!

Issue 6: How your friends and family can be involved in the day


If there is more information that you would like to see from us, questions you would like to ask or stories you want to share, please email:



Section Leaders List


Apologies to those of you who were unable to download the list of section leaders, please click here to receive it.



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