ROYAL BARGE AND THE THAMES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
FOR FINAL LEG OF OLYMPIC TORCH JOURNEY

 

   
 

The final leg of the the Olympic torch's 8,000 mile journey around the country took place down the Thames aboard the Royal Barge Gloriana.

Starting at Hampton Court Palace, where the flame was carried on board by Matthew Pincent to light a five-foot high cauldron fixed to the vessel's foredeck. It travelled the 16 mile journey to Tower Bridge accompanied by a rolling pageant of skiffs, gigs and cutters.

At Teddington lock which links the non-tidal and tidal river (pictured below) and all along the Thames large crowds turned out.

   
                 
     
   
     
   

As the torch passed Thames Sailing Club at Surbiton.

Vice Commodore Ian Pratt said: " As Britain's oldest inland sailing club, we were thrilled to be part of this momentous occasion.  'Gloriana' and the flotilla were spectacular.  We are incredibly excited about what will be the best ever Olympic and Paralympic Games and have high hopes for Team GB and particularly the sailing team.  Good luck from everyone at Thames.'

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