How good old Dunkirk spirit sank elf 'n' safety at the Queen's jubilee pageantThey saved thousands at Dunkirk - but were told they could carry only SIX passengers each in the Queen's jubilee pageant. So have they surrendered? Not a chance...http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... geant.html
This one comes complete with a you couldn't make it up pose.
Then an amazing thing happened: an outbreak of common sense. The Thames authorities, the pageant organisers and the skippers sat round a table, talked it through. To their credit, the river authorities were prepared to listen to people who knew what they were doing. The skippers, in turn, acknowledged that packing the Thames with 1,000 boats is not without exceptional risks.
The result: an easing of the restrictions. The skippers sailed away in high spirits.
There was a similar result last month for the team who want to salute the Queen in a waka, a Maori war canoe. Initially, the fluorescent bib brigade sucked on their pencils and shook their heads. This mighty dugout with its strapping Kiwi crew might be fine in a Pacific swell but it would be too risky to chance an afternoon on the Thames.
Once again, though, the pageant organisers sat down with the authorities and the ban was reversed. Good sense had prevailed.
As usual, a restriction imposed by event organisers, which in this case has been dropped. Nothing to do with the HSE.