Diamond Jubilee: Flotilla sails on Humber Estuary

Image caption A flotilla of boats sailed down the River Humber for the first time since Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

About 35 boats have taken part in a mile-long flotilla along the Humber Estuary to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Pleasure craft and working vessels set off from the Humber Bridge at about 18:00 BST and sailed to Brough.

The flotilla included restored racing yacht Ierne, which won gold at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.

Flotilla organiser John Medland said the event was "a once-in-a-lifetime chance to honour the Queen".

'Fantastically colourful'

Mr Medland, from Hull Sailing Club, said the sight of so many boats sailing along the Humber Estuary was "something special".

The flotilla, the first of its kind since Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, was expected to take about two hours to travel from the Humber Bridge to Brough.

Its start was marked by ferries docked at Hull sounding their horns.

Lt Dafydd Bryden, from navy training ship HMS Explorer, said it was a "true privilege" to take part in the Humber flotilla.

Following the flotilla, beacons have been lit at Hessle, South Ferriby, North Ferriby and Barton upon Humber along with about 4,000 others across the UK.

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