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See legs rather than sea legs

See legs rather than sea legs for dry boat pageant

A coffin-based rowing boat was the appropriate entry from Ian Hazel Funerals of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands in a boat pageant to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The organisers had decided to get into the spirit of the Thames flotilla event, despite being in a land-locked and river-less area. “No sea legs will be required, however we will ‘see’ legs of the crew as they walk their boats in the pageant” read the instructions.

38 boats assembled at the local church at ‘high tide’ on Saturday 2nd June. They  then paraded in front of the ‘Admiralty’ judges, who included Christopher Pincher MP for Tamworth, local vicar the Rev. Phil Moon, and Alan Wilson, chairman of the local Jubilee committee.

Ian, assisted by daughter Amy, was happy to join in with the spirit of the event: “It was great fun to be involved in an event to mark such an historic occasion but I was a little apprehensive as to how the public would take to a coffin being turned into a rowing boat.

“To make light of the fact that it was a coffin, we illustrated it with humorous slogans such as: ‘By appointment to Her Majesty we commissioned this boat, but due to government cut backs we can’t get it to float’. The public luckily saw the funny side to what we created and gave us many praises for being so inventive.”


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