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Archive for March 4th, 2012

Boat Blog: Exciting news…

Posted by indigodream on 4 March, 2012

Wednesday 29th February

2012 has been off to a particularly gloomy start – losing Lynx being but the tip of an iceberg made up of niggly but persistent bad news….

Imagine our delight and surprise, then, when we got an urgent phone call last Friday asking us whether we would like to take part in the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant if we got an invitation! Now, I’ll admit that we’ve been a bit ‘teenaged’ in our response to not getting in when we first applied, but I could no more resist the invitation than I could a year’s free supply of chocolate!!

We got our official invitation on Monday and accepted immediately – INDIGO DREAM IS PART OF THE QUEENS DIAMOND JUBILEE PAGEANT – WHOO HOO…..

Ok, that’s enough of that…….

This will obviously have a huge impact on our cruising plans. We now know that we will be staying in London until September at least. We have signed up to most of the rehearsals taking place in May, and have agreed to help less experienced boats to cruise down the tideway to get into position for the first rehearsal. We may still take a cruise further up the Thames in March/April – it will be good to get some fresh air before London is locked down for the Olympics. We have booked passage through the park during the Olympics as we have tickets for a white water kayaking event on the River Lee.

We have not yet worked out certain practicalities and permissions, but we are hoping to display a Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) banner and I intend to be dressed as a greyhound (the suit’s booked!). We plan to have a small experienced crew on board, along with some greyhound related guests  – provided that everyone passes the security checks when the Security team come along with their latex gloves and sniffer dogs (Lou can’t wait).

The crew will need to be Indigo Dream tideway veterans – by invitation only for the main event….

…BUT if anyone fancies a jolly on the tideway during the rehearsals then let us know…..

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