A NARROWBOAT used by youth organisations in the area has been selected to represent Warwickshire in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and it will be manned by a Kenilworth scout.
The youth boat Centenary is owned and operated as a non-profit making charity by the Stratford Upon Avon Narrowboat Trust and has been used by more than 250 youngsters - from scouts and guides, schools and church groups, and special needs organisations including Mencap - over the last 26 years.
A group of eight scouts, including 16-year-old David Earles, who lives in Rounds Hill, and guides from the county have been chosen on merit to be aboard for the trip down the tidal Thames in the flotilla of 1,000 boats headed by the Queen in the Royal Barge. Christopher Lowe, who lives in Webster Avenue, is the boat’s treasurer and one of its trustees.
He said: “We are hoping to fund this once in a lifetime experience with donations from local businesses.
“Centenary will need to be crewed to London and back and will require extra safety equipment, servicing, food and train fares for young people.
“Even the fuel will cost around £500.
“We also usually hire the boat out during June to youth groups to use so we will be losing out on that rental money as well.
“So if anyone or any businesses can help with donations, it would be extremely appreciated.”
The 12 berth narrowboat will be crewed by the trust’s Royal Yachting Association Inland Waterway training team and it will be decorated with The Bear and Ragged Staff flag of Warwickshire and patriotic bunting.
The boat has got to arrive in London for Friday June 1 and will be travelling via Oxford.
Then on Sunday June 3 the boats will gather on the river Thames in celebration of the Queen’s Royal Jubilee.
It will be the largest flotilla in modern times on the river with rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes stretching an estimated 12 and a half miles.
Mr Lowe added: “I’m very pleased somebody from Kenilworth will be on the boat and will be able to enjoy the experience.
“Every county will be represented with a boat so we’re extremely proud our boat has been picked and will be representing this area.”
To make a donation to help fund the experience write to Mr Lowe at 43 Webster Avenue, Kenilworth, CV8 2EJ.