HAVENGORE - RIVER THAMES ACT OF REMBERANCE
4 November 2009
On the 11th November 2009, Havengore will lead an act of remembrance actually on the river, observing the two-minute silence at 11am and culminating in the laying of wreaths on the waters.
The Havengore, has had a long history in the service of the Port of London and particularly with regard to her role as a key part of Sir Winston Churchill's State Funeral in January 1965.
Thus on November 11th this year, escorted by duty boats from all the river services, Havengore will cover much the same route as she did during Sir Winston's State Funeral, departing from St Katharine's Pier at 1000hrs and passing many of London's major landmarks on her journey to the waters just up river from the Houses of Parliament. A remembrance service will then commence.
As Big Ben chimes 1100, the two-minute silence will be observed, the service will continue, ending in the casting wreaths as a bugler from 2 Rifles, recently back from Afghanistan plays the Last Post.
As at November 4th, the following organisations have confirmed that they are taking part (however the list is growing all the time):
The Company of Watermen and Lightermen
The Honourable Company of Master Mariners
The Metropolitan Police Thames Division
The Port of London Authority
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution
The Submariners Association
The Tower of London.
There is an opportunity for a small number of other vessels to take part. If interested please contact Mr Christopher Ryland, Owner of the Havengore and event organiser on 07767 236 769 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.