Narrow Boat President departed Stoke-on-Trent on Friday 20 April 2012, bound for London where the 100 year old, steam-narrow boat took part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire.
Well-wishers gathered beside the Caldon Canal at Etruria as steam narrow boat President prepared to depart Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday 20 April 2012; with (L to R, front row) Mrs Jane Dudson, Ian Dudson - Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Staffordshire, Mrs Jacqueline Pearson - Lady Mayoress and Councillor Terence Follows - Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent and representatives from major Staffordshire businesses, including JCB, Michelin, Wedgwood and St. Modwen, who totally funded the journey to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Steam Narrow Boat President (above) starts her journey to London on the Caldon Canal, Etruria and Inland Waterways Association volunteer Roger Savage, Chairman of IWA Stoke-on-Trent, checks all is on schedule with Ian Dudson, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Staffordshire, (facing camera) and Staffordshire County Councillor, Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customers (in profile ). IWA volunteers throughout Staffordshire supported President’s crew on her passage through the county, as they travelled via Stone and Fradley Junction on their journey to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
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