New crew member now onboard Grumpy Bear. After a long day at work I jumped on a train from Derby and arrived at South Quays Docklands Light Railway Station at nearly midnight in the rain. Although my cabin bunk was very cosy I was not there for long as we had a 5.30am alarm call so that I could get my River Pageant Accreditation wristband before we set off for the lock at 7am.
Once through the lock with 57 other recreational motorboats we began our journey upstream with the tide through central London towards Hammersmith. Despite the early hour there were already spectators out on balconies either waving flags or taking pictures of the flotilla. We passed many moored boats that will be taking part tomorrow especially the tall ships.
The tall ships are all moored downstream of Tower Bridge…………
We saw some interesting banners and decorations on buildings along the way…..
So, we arrived at Hammersmith at around 10am. Grumpy Bear is now rafted on a mooring buoy in Barn Elms Reach near Hammersmith Bridge. These mooring buoys have been specially laid for the pageant by the Port of London Authority and will be removed afterwards. We will remain here until 2pm tomorrow when we launch back downstream for the parade.
We have spent the afternoon lazing about on the river and decorating the boat with Diamond Jubilee bunting.