Gig crew’s pageant honour

A HARDY crew from Clevedon’s Pilot Gig Club spent more than seven hours on the water of the River Thames while taking part in a huge pageant in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The club’s six-man rowing boat, Watch and Pray, was selected as one of 1,000 vessels to take part in the event on June 3.

The day on the water began at 10am and eventually ended following the pageant and a further row along the Thames to Canary Wharf at 5.30pm.

The crew members lucky enough to be chosen from a ballot were club chairman Andrew Brown, Martyn Brown, Steve Burnside, Richard James, Mark Shopland, Angela Slotte, Emily Tolchard, Steve Williams and coxswain Dave Hall.

Club secretary Tim Vignoles said: “Undoubtedly the hero of the day was cox, Dave Hall, who faced a monumental task throughout the whole passage in safely guiding the gig in and around the throng of boats to avoid collisions and clashes of oars.”

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