09.08.17 David Smith

Coachmakers take to the Thames


On a warm July day, a group of Coachmakers climbed aboard the Streatley for a cruise on the Thames.

Built in 1905, the steam-powered Streatley is a river passenger vessel, and was refurbished for the Diamond Jubilee river pageant. Ostensibly on the occasion of Swan Upping, the party had a good view of HM The Queen’s Swan Marker, David Barber, along with the Swan Masters of the Vinters and the Dyers companies, being rowed on their skiffs as they looked for swans and cygnets on the river.

Organised by Dianne Parlett, the Coachmakers enjoyed a very relaxing day witnessing this ancient tradition while being transported up and down the river through the locks near Bray.

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