A Preston councillor is gearing up to set sail on his narrow boat to join 1,000 vessels for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Coun Ken Hudson and wife Sue are taking part in The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on their 57ft boat, the Marie Celeste, at high water on Sunday, June 3.
Tall ships, working boats, pleasure vessels, fishing boats and passenger boats carrying up to 30,000 flag-waving well-wishers will be among the vessels taking part in one of the largest ever flotillas assembled on the River Thames.
Tory Coun Hudson, who lives in Inglewhite near Preston, said: “Something like 3,000 people put their name forward to be in it so we were lucky to be selected. It’s all happening on the water, on the Thames.
“We will put Lancashire flags on the boat, as well as Union Jacks. We’re very chuffed.”
Coun Hudson helped secure the £6m Millennium Link project which saw the Lancaster Canal linked with the rest of the national inland water network in 2002, meaning his voyage can take him all the way from Garstang Marina to the capital.
After Easter, he will sail to Lichfield, Staffordshire, where his daughter has a boat and will leave the Marie Celeste moored there until the second leg of the journey, after council elections in May.
He will also be joined by two of his grandchildren, his daughter and her husband for the event.
Lord Salisbury, chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, said: “Our aspirations for this wonderful tribute to the Queen are coming together very well. This is a hugely ambitious project and it is gathering momentum day by day.”