Sail-past for Diamond Jubilee

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LIFEBOATS, patrol boats and fishing boats will come together in a celebration of vessels that work in Chichester Harbour.

The colourful event, named the Festival of Working Boats and Jubilee Sail-Past, is open to the public and will take place at Itchenor on June 6.

Boats of all shapes and sizes will be lined up alongside the public jetty at Itchenor.

The crews who work on the boats will be welcoming the public on board to explore the vessels and find out more about the work they do.

All the working boats, accompanied by craft from local sailing clubs, will then perform a sail-past to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Travelling down the Itchenor Reach, the vessels will pass HM Lord Lieutenants of West Sussex and Hampshire, who will be on a moored boat.

Siún Cranny, director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy said, ‘We are really looking forward to this. It will be a fun and colourful celebration of both the boats and crews that work in Chichester Harbour and the Diamond Jubilee.

‘We are honoured that Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants who represent both counties in which the harbour lies will join us.’

The Festival and Sail Past is free and all are welcome to come along and starts at 1pm. There will also be art shows.

More details are available at conservancy.co.uk conservancy.co.uk