A CHARITY in Wallingford which offers free boat rides for disabled and elderly people will be leading the town’s “Flotilla of Lights”.

The Wallingford Accessible Boat Club, founded by John Jenkins MBE, has been chosen by the town council to head up the event on Sunday, June 5.

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Herald Series: The charity said it is an "honour" to head up the paradeThe charity said it is an "honour" to head up the parade

The “Flotilla of Lights”, which will include decorated boats slowing moving from Wallingford by-pass road bridge up towards Wallingford Bridge, is to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Councillor Deborah Whelan, who is a trustee of the charity, said: “Our Flotilla of Lights is a fun event and we invite all small craft to join us to parade at dusk and receive a river’s eye view of a firework display managed by Illusion Fireworks. 

“We hope all craft – paddle boards, dinghies and other small craft – will dress up in fairy lights and join us. It will make quite a spectacle.  Wallingford Radio will play our music and facilities, first aid and supporting Marshall's will be provided.”

Herald Series: The charity's boat getting ready for trips this year.The charity's boat getting ready for trips this year.

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The charity is now looking for a “Monarch of the Flotilla” who will ride on the boat with a plus one while “suitably garbed”.

People are encouraged to bid in a silent auction for the position with the highest bid received by Sunday, May 22 winning. All proceeds will be donated to the charity.

To take part, email: enquiries@wabc.org.uk


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