Gig club to row in royal pageant

A CLEVEDON watersport club has been invited to take part in a prestigious pageant to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Clevedon Pilot Gig Club will join a seven-mile long flotilla which will take to the River Thames in London on June 3 to mark the anniversary.

Many different types of boats dressed with streamers, flags and Union Jacks, will be taking part in the pageant which will pass under 14 bridges and be viewed from the river banks between Putney and Tower Bridge.

It is expected to be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river with the Queen aboard the Royal Barge, which will take a central role.

The first section will be made up of rowing boats, which the Clevedon group will join with their six-man gig named Watch and Pray.

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Clevedon Pilot Gig Club chairman Andrew Brown said: “We are very proud to have been invited to take part in this glorious jamboree and for us to have been selected from all the rowing gigs in the country is a great honour. We will proudly represent Somerset and will fly the Somerset flag from our gig.”

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