Jubilee pageant recreated in miniature in Goudhurst
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant has been recreated in miniature form on a Kent village pond.
School children placed 300 individually decorated boats on the pond in front of a 30ft-long (9m) floating replica of the Houses of Parliament in Goudhurst.
The plywood structure, which includes a 14ft (4.3m) high Big Ben bell tower, was created over a four-week period.
A replica of the Houses of Parliament was floated on the pond to mark the Queen's Coronation in 1953.'Jubilee superb achievement'
Chairman of the Goudhurst Diamond Jubilee Committee, Richard Hillier, said: "We're British, so we are used to the rain. It doesn't bother us.
"Everyone is going to have a great time and have a bank holiday to remember. We had a fantastic 50s themed night the evening before where everyone had a fantastic time and we continue today."
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I've never seen anything like it. It's just so life-like”
Steve Fox, 43, who lives in Tunbridge Wells, said: "It's a superb community event. Everyone is in a good mood and has got a smile on their face, and it's nice to see.
"I'm not much of a royalist but I think it's right we mark the jubilee. It's a superb achievement, both for the Queen and for our country. Things wouldn't be same in this country without her."
Peter Hoskins, 56, said: "I've never seen anything like it. It's just so life-like. It's a brilliant bit of work."
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