Stroud youngster makes history as part of Diamond Jubilee flotilla

Stroud News and Journal: Luke Pritchard helped to make history when he took part in the Diamond Jubilee river pageant. Luke Pritchard helped to make history when he took part in the Diamond Jubilee river pageant.

By Hayley Mortimer

TEENAGER Luke Pritchard helped to make history when he took part in the Diamond Jubilee river pageant.

Luke, 15, of Whiteshill, joined members of his rowing club in one of the largest flotillas in history.

He said: "It was a truly amazing, once in a lifetime experience, going past all the famous landmarks and being right in the middle of it all."

The Gloucester Rowing Club was invited to join the convoy of around 1,000 vessels in the seven-mile pageant on the River Thames on Sunday, June 3.

The club, which has over 200 members, picked 12 people to take part in the flotilla and Luke was one of the youngest.

Luke, a student at The Crypt School, Gloucester, said: "Going past the Houses of Parliament was my highlight. It was amazing seeing all the people, the banks were full.

"Our boat was about half of the river away from the Royal Barge but I got a good view of the Queen."

Luke added: "The boat was one of the fastest out there, making it hard to stay slow. It was very hectic."

The club was rowing the Old Balliol, one of two replicas of the boat used by Oxford University in the first Oxford and Cambridge race in 1829.

The team picked up the boat from its home in Eton and towed it to Richmond where they embarked on their journey down the Thames.

Luke, who joined the rowing club two years ago, said: "We had just gone through Tower Bridge when the heavens opened. We were soaking wet. But it was still brilliant despite the weather."

The other rowers were Will Brown, Zara Cottrill, Toby Venn, Dan Brawn, Tim Barnett, Ed Surman, Ben Rodford, Brian Nelson, Mark Venn, Jon Garner and Beth Rodford.

Gloucester Rowing Club is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Britain and is based on the Sharpness-Gloucester canal.

They are raising money to build a new £1.5 million boathouse in Gloucester with a large clubhouse for all the members. So far they have raised £184,439 and have received much support from businesses in Gloucestershire.

For more information or to make a donation visit www.gloucester-rowing.org

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1:40pm Wed 13 Jun 12

chrisrainbow says...

and while the country has some kind of ****,over this enforced claptrap,has everyone forgotten the real issues i.e,the loss of our libraries,youth clubs,care for disabled and elderly,etc? its all very well dressing our towns in phoney bunting and waving a silly flag,but that enforced celebration is now over,our cuts remain,may i remind you that ATOS have been employed to remove the disabled off benefits,without taking notice of gp notes or consultants letters,a similar company is being investigated for fraud and mps have been involved in expenses scandal.ATOS receive £13`500 for each claiment they remove from benefits,whist recording every move the poor victim makes ,on video.i suggest that all victims called,either tape or video their assessment,you dont need to tell them and the evidence can be produced in a future appeal.this is the britain you were all waving your phoney flags for,you will find immigrants are invited here to claim the benefits being removed from the likes of the disabled and the disabled have paid contributions,but the immigrants have not.all in this together?,it seems to me ,that some more than others.on the world stage we were all invited to wave a flag for this phoney rubbish,to show how patriotic we all are,we did not ,however show the world,how we treat vulnerable members of our society ,or how our leaders are treating the poor.proud to be british?,it seems to me we dont have a lot to be proud about
and while the country has some kind of ****,over this enforced claptrap,has everyone forgotten the real issues i.e,the loss of our libraries,youth clubs,care for disabled and elderly,etc? its all very well dressing our towns in phoney bunting and waving a silly flag,but that enforced celebration is now over,our cuts remain,may i remind you that ATOS have been employed to remove the disabled off benefits,without taking notice of gp notes or consultants letters,a similar company is being investigated for fraud and mps have been involved in expenses scandal.ATOS receive £13`500 for each claiment they remove from benefits,whist recording every move the poor victim makes ,on video.i suggest that all victims called,either tape or video their assessment,you dont need to tell them and the evidence can be produced in a future appeal.this is the britain you were all waving your phoney flags for,you will find immigrants are invited here to claim the benefits being removed from the likes of the disabled and the disabled have paid contributions,but the immigrants have not.all in this together?,it seems to me ,that some more than others.on the world stage we were all invited to wave a flag for this phoney rubbish,to show how patriotic we all are,we did not ,however show the world,how we treat vulnerable members of our society ,or how our leaders are treating the poor.proud to be british?,it seems to me we dont have a lot to be proud about chrisrainbow

3:58pm Wed 13 Jun 12

luke stroudie says...

chrisrainbow wrote:
and while the country has some kind of ****,over this enforced claptrap,has everyone forgotten the real issues i.e,the loss of our libraries,youth clubs,care for disabled and elderly,etc? its all very well dressing our towns in phoney bunting and waving a silly flag,but that enforced celebration is now over,our cuts remain,may i remind you that ATOS have been employed to remove the disabled off benefits,without taking notice of gp notes or consultants letters,a similar company is being investigated for fraud and mps have been involved in expenses scandal.ATOS receive £13`500 for each claiment they remove from benefits,whist recording every move the poor victim makes ,on video.i suggest that all victims called,either tape or video their assessment,you dont need to tell them and the evidence can be produced in a future appeal.this is the britain you were all waving your phoney flags for,you will find immigrants are invited here to claim the benefits being removed from the likes of the disabled and the disabled have paid contributions,but the immigrants have not.all in this together?,it seems to me ,that some more than others.on the world stage we were all invited to wave a flag for this phoney rubbish,to show how patriotic we all are,we did not ,however show the world,how we treat vulnerable members of our society ,or how our leaders are treating the poor.proud to be british?,it seems to me we dont have a lot to be proud about
Or, we could celebrate the fact that it was fun to celebrate. Im sorry what crawled you your arse and died! the entire event want meant to be about all the '****' going on, it was about the queen and her celebration! An if someone from the area had been in a massive event with people from all around the world in, do you not think that he has reperestented the town and surrounding areas well! We have alot to be proud of, and we dont all feel what you think! Realy i find it rude that you put such a hateful comment on such an innocent article!
[quote][p][bold]chrisrainbow[/bold] wrote: and while the country has some kind of ****,over this enforced claptrap,has everyone forgotten the real issues i.e,the loss of our libraries,youth clubs,care for disabled and elderly,etc? its all very well dressing our towns in phoney bunting and waving a silly flag,but that enforced celebration is now over,our cuts remain,may i remind you that ATOS have been employed to remove the disabled off benefits,without taking notice of gp notes or consultants letters,a similar company is being investigated for fraud and mps have been involved in expenses scandal.ATOS receive £13`500 for each claiment they remove from benefits,whist recording every move the poor victim makes ,on video.i suggest that all victims called,either tape or video their assessment,you dont need to tell them and the evidence can be produced in a future appeal.this is the britain you were all waving your phoney flags for,you will find immigrants are invited here to claim the benefits being removed from the likes of the disabled and the disabled have paid contributions,but the immigrants have not.all in this together?,it seems to me ,that some more than others.on the world stage we were all invited to wave a flag for this phoney rubbish,to show how patriotic we all are,we did not ,however show the world,how we treat vulnerable members of our society ,or how our leaders are treating the poor.proud to be british?,it seems to me we dont have a lot to be proud about[/p][/quote]Or, we could celebrate the fact that it was fun to celebrate. Im sorry what crawled you your arse and died! the entire event want meant to be about all the '****' going on, it was about the queen and her celebration! An if someone from the area had been in a massive event with people from all around the world in, do you not think that he has reperestented the town and surrounding areas well! We have alot to be proud of, and we dont all feel what you think! Realy i find it rude that you put such a hateful comment on such an innocent article! luke stroudie

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