From:                                         Amy Johnson <>

Sent:                                           30 March 2012 17:19

To:                                               Amy Johnson

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue Five


Issue Five – 30 March, 2012


Safety first…


The Pageant is going to be a truly amazing day and each of you will be at the centre of it, forming a celebratory spectacle that will be watched by billions of people worldwide. Because the Pageant will be watched by so many and is such a large and complex occasion, we need to make sure that the appropriate level of safety is maintained by all crews for the duration of the event.

There are a number of different safety elements that we will be covering in the forthcoming issues. This week we want to share with you the Drugs and Alcohol Policy that has been developed by the Pageant team, PLA and Met Police and should be read and complied with by all crews on the day. To read the policy in full, please click here.



Security Update


In response to a number of requests, we have developed a secure online version of the Met Police Security Risk Assessments form that was sent out in the second issue of our newsletter (Issue 2). If you have not already completed your form and would prefer to complete an electronic version, please do so.


We will be sending you an email early next week that will contain a unique code that will allow you to access the form. If you do not receive this email and wish to use this method, please email:


Due to the complexity of the security requirements and the time required by all participants to complete this work we have extended the deadline to: 13th April, 2012.



In the Press…


The London Philharmonic Orchestra will be taking part in the Pageant on 3rd June 2012 and playing the kind of British classics you might expect to hear at the last night of the Proms. If you’d like a taster of the kind of music you might hear on the day, you can watch a film of them rehearsing on the river here:


Click to watch: YouTube Film


Guernsey’s marine ambulance, The Flying Christine III will be in the Pageant celebrating the Jubilee and the 60th anniversary of Guernsey’s Marine Ambulance Service.


Click to read: BBC Guernsey



Calling all rowers and paddlers…


You will have recently been sent a questionnaire from Could we please ask that you complete and return it to them before 4th April 2012.


If you are a rower/ paddler and have not received the questionnaire to complete, please email:



Boat of the Week: Angelus


This week we are delighted to share with you the story of Angelus, a rare type of Dutch barge known as a Klipper Kraak. Built in Dordrecht in 1884, she is one of the oldest vessels in the Pageant (in fact she’s the same age as Tower Bridge) and one of about 35 vessels of her type surviving in Holland today.


Originally a sailing ship Angelus is built of riveted iron and it is thought that she was designed to carry stone. She spent her working life from 1930 onwards as a refuelling ship in Brussels.


Since retiring in 1981, Angelus has been lovingly restored by her present owner and Pageant section leader for the barges, Edward Burrell. Having retained the original sweep of the elegant hull, she has been fitted with a new mast and steadying sail rig.


Angelus still leads an active life, having completed a two month trip through Belgium and the Netherlands in 2002 and providing a home to her owners on the Upper Thames.




Reminder of things to check…


We have asked you to complete a number of actions since inviting you to participate, so to ensure you’ve ticked all the boxes please can you check that you have:


  1. Responded to your invitation with:

-          confirmation of your vessel dimensions

-          responses to any queries raised by the Marine Selection Panel

-          submission of a copy of your insurance certificate that covers the event period


  1. Sent your signed Data Protection Agreement


  1. Submitted your Security Risk Assessment to the Metropolitan Police


  1. Sent a letter to your insurers advising them of your participation


  1. Sent us your boat stories and photographs


  1. Confirmed your vessel details for the Souvenir Brochure are accurately listed here




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