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Two vessels known in local waters to take part in jubilee flotilla

A FLOATING salon and a skiff are just two of the Kennet and Avon canal's regular crafts that will take part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Flotilla on June 3.

Amongst the 1,000 vessels taking part in the largest flotilla in modern times will be a the Pangbourne Salter's Skiff: Messing About, owned by Nicholas and Katharine Syfret and crewed by John and Jennifer South, founders of Pangbourne Water Rats.

Owner, Kat Syfret, said: “The four of us have rowed in The Great River Race for many years, so we know the river well. We're looking forward to celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and we are proud to represent the families up and down the Thames who enjoy the fun of just messing about on the river.”

Also present in the seven-mile procession will be Nicola Dawkins, cruising on the wide beam canal boat, Blackjack, which serves as a floating hair salon.

She said: “It was amazing news, we are not a historical vessel, so we did not expect to be selected. But I think what swayed it in our favour was the fact that we are an actively working boat.”



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