A GRAND CELEBRATION OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S RECORD BREAKING REIGN
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On the afternoon of Saturday 4th June, the River Medway will play host to the Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant.
Featuring a parade from the lower reaches, up to Sun Pier, Chatham and culminating with ‘The Grand Cacophony’ at 1530hrs- a wall of sound from ships to shore – the event will be a spectacle unlike any seen on the river for a generation.
For the public, Sun Pier will be hosting a ‘street party’ from 12pm to 5pm, with live music, food outlets and craft stalls where you can make your own ‘noisy implement’ to get involved with the Cacophony.
Chatham Waterfront and Gun Wharf are additional viewing sites – bring a picnic or visit the newly refurbished Command House pub.
JOIN A THAMES BARGE FOR THE PAGEANT
An exclusive opportunity to join the Thames barge Repertor on the day of the Pageant. Starting at Queenborough and parading up the river to Sun Pier, Chatham for the Grand Cacophony. Click the link to learn more.
Sun Pier Music Programme:
12-1pm: Hot Rats (British traditional folk music)
1.15-1.45pm: UK Soul Choir (30 strong group of singers with popular music)
2-2.45: Ruby & Ríos (original and well known songs)
3-3.30pm: Alcock & Brown (old time patriotic and British songs)
3.30pm – ‘The Grand Cacophony’
3.45-4.15pm: Alcock & Brown
4.30-5pm: Track Dog and step dancers
Please note – there is no on site parking and we recommend using the excellent nearby public transport links.
Vessel Owners – If you are interested in taking part in the event, please register an expression of interest by clicking the image below.
The event is likely to be popular and in order to maintain safe operations, there will be a restriction on the numbers taking part, so registration is not a guarantee of participation. We kindly ask vessels that have not registered or been allocated a place in the parade, to keep well clear of the active Pageant areas, particularly Sun Pier and Bridge Reach between 1400 and 1600hrs.
Friday 3rd June
Queenborough All Tide Landing will be hosting a social event for visiting crews. Moorings have been secured but are limited in number and will be pre-allocated.
Saturday 4th June
1200hrs – Nationwide ship horn honk
1230hrs – fleet musters in Saltpan, upriver of Thamesport. Parade up to Sun Pier, Chatham.
1400hrs – Rowing fleet departs Medway Yacht Club
1430hrs – Pageant begins to arrive off Sun Pier
Moorings and anchorages will be pre-allocated – available moorings range from Rochester Pier to Short Reach.
1530hrs – ‘The Grand Cacophony’
Early evening – Crews social event around the Sun Pier area.