HUNDREDS APPLY FOR MAGNA CARTA CELEBRATION

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A total of 340 boats have applied to take part in June's Thames flotilla to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.

And news was revealed this week of a second Magna Carta river flotilla over the same weekend - June 13th and 14th.

Applications for the earlier-announced pageant closed at the end of February. It will start at Hurley and proceed downstream to Runnymede, site of the charter's sealing by King John, via Marlow, Maidenhead and Windsor.

Malcolm Knight from Thames Alive, the pageant organisers, described it as: ""A marvellous response from the boating fraternity on the Thames, around the UK and even from abroad.

"All types of craft from Dutch barges, canal boats, cruisers of all types, rowing boats of all sizes, gondolas, punts and dozens of canoes.

" Now we have to work out how many we can cope with on the river taking in to account the locks and other events taking place over the weekend.

"We can be sure of creating a wonderful spectacle of colour and pageantry over the whole 20 mile stretch on the two days culminating in the finale at Runnymede on the Sunday afternoon.

"I'm afraid we will only be able to select around 200 boats so some people will be disappointed but the response has been overwhelming, very enthusiastic."

The majority will be unpowered boats and organisers do not think they will be able to include bigger vessels like Dutch barges.

Meanwhile another flotilla is being organised by Spelthorne Council. Craft will gather on Saturday June 13th at Sunbury-on-Thames and sail to the Lammas Park in Staines-upon-Thames where an event called the Barons’ Gathering will be underway.

Some of the boats will then cruise upstream on the following day to join others at Runnymede.

LINK TO MAGNA CARTA FLOTILLA DETAILS

Story dated March 4th 2015

 

 
   
 
 
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