Rutland Sailability chosen to take part in jubilee pageant

All aboard the Wally Goldsmith
All aboard the Wally Goldsmith
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A SAILING club has been chosen from a field of thousands to take part in a flotilla for the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Rutland Sailability was asked by Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard, to select one of its boats to take part in the pageant which will see 1,000 boats gather on the River Thames on June 3.

The club’s trustees selected the Wally Goldsmith as its representative to sail alongside the Queen and the Royal Family in the Royal Barge.

Chairman Martin Sutcliffe said: “The trustees were absolutely delighted to be asked to represent the county.

“It is an honour to have been given this opportunity of a lifetime and it reflects on the whole of our membership and our supporters that the Lord Lieutenant and the county should place Rutland Sailability in such high regard. We intend to do everyone proud.”

The choice of the Wally Goldsmith holds special significance for members of Rutland Sailability as it is the boat used for the special needs sailing programme every summer.

Mr Sutcliffe added: “All those special people who have enjoyed sailing on Rutland Water aboard this beautiful three-masted longboat will now have a personal connection with the pageant and in the celebration of the Queen’s diamond jubilee.”

The High Sheriff of Rutland, Peter Lawson, will also be taking part in the jubilee celebrations by reading the Accession Proclamation. The reading will take place in the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Ketton on February 5, the day before the Queen’s accession in 1952.