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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Cancer survivors take part in Royal Pageant on the Thames

A TEAM of breast cancer survivors have been chosen to take part in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Royal Pageant.

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The women are part of the Paddlers for Life Breast Cancer Dragon Boat team, which is based at Low Wood Bay, on the shore of Windermere.

They were specially chosen from around 3,000 applicants to be part of the spectacle on Sunday June 3. Their two Dragon Boats will join a plethora of vessels including Dutch barges, steam boats and rowing boats on a route that will take them under 14 bridges on the Thames.

The first boat ‘Artemis Diana’ will be crewed by paddlers from Windermere. The second boat ‘Lucy at Low Wood’ will be carrying an international crew of breast cancer survivors who will be representing the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC).

The paddlers will be guided along the arduous 12-mile course by master helm Paul Brown, the manager at Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre and Marina. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will also be travelling among the flotilla on a specially decorated tourist cruiser.

The Pageant will be the centrepiece of the four-day weekend’s diamond anniversary celebrations.

The BBC have already filmed and interviewed some team members on Windermere, prior to the live transmission on June 3. Paddlers for Life have also been selected as one of the special features of the historic day.

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