President’s route to London

Friday April 20 2012

Please come and cheer them on their way to the Thames Pageant

One of the world’s only surviving steam powered narrow boat ‘President‘ will be stopping at Etruria, Stone and Fradley on 20, 21 and 22 April, as she makes her way down to the Diamond Jubilee Pageant to represent Staffordshire in the 1,000 boat flotilla on the Thames on 3 June 2012.

The 300 mile journey to London is expected to take around three weeks, travelling at three miles per hour and arriving in London for the May Bank holiday.  On route there will be several canal side stops, including a launch event and send off at the Etruria Industrial Museum in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday 20 April, followed by a stop from 12-2pm in Stone on the 21 April and then a 12-2pm stop at Fradley Junction on the 22 April.

Staffordshire County Councillor, Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customers said: “It is a thrill and an honour for Staffordshire to be able to play such a significant part in the national Jubilee celebrations. It will be a central event, broadcast live across the world and I am delighted that Staffordshire will be part of it.  The three stops that President will be making in the county will give people the opportunity to come along and see her in action and meet the crew that will be skippering her on the Pageant.  We want everyone to come out and cheer her along.”

Please encourage as many colleagues, friends, family and your local communities to come along and show your support for ‘President’ during the shore-side stops, chat to the crew and cheer them on, during this historic event!

Friday 20 April: 13.30pm, departs Etruria Junction

Saturday 21 April: 12.00-13.30 Stone Star Lock

Sunday 22 April: 12.00-14.00 Fradley Junction

Visit  for more information and to see the full itinerary of President’s route through Staffordshire