On Saturday night the 24th September, the Thames Festival put on a poignant Reflection in honour of our late Queen. Led by a new RNLI lifeboat named The Duke of Edinburgh (for which funds were being raised that evening), there were some 150 motorised but mainly hand rowed boats, including two from the WCSIM led by Liveryman Professor Simon Hall. The flotilla started by Albert Bridge and from there it floated downriver through central London, passing beneath Chelsea Bridge at 7pm, Westminster Bridge at 7.30pm, and arriving at Tower Bridge at 8.15pm. Travelling in the dark, the bridges were all specially lit and the boats displayed white lights of assorted design. On arrival, Tower Bridge lifted to its fullest extent in honour of these boats.
Charles Holroyd, Master