Two Jersey boats in Diamond Jubilee Thames flotilla

Howard D The Howard D was the first motorised lifeboat to be stationed in Jersey

Two Jersey boats have been among 1,000 vessels sailing on the River Thames as part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Jersey's first motorised lifeboat, the Howard D, and the fisheries vessel Norman le Brocq were representing the island on the sailing to Tower Bridge.

In Jersey, other Jubilee celebrations included Reg's Garden in St Brelade hosting a fete.

Grouville parish began a day-long celebration with an open air service on Gorey Common.

The Howard D first arrived in Jersey in 1937 and left in 1947 to join a central pool of RNLI vessels in the UK.

It then spent 20 years as a fishing boat on the east coast of England before returning to Jersey to be restored by a team of volunteers at the Maritime Museum.

A permanent electricity supply has been installed at Gorey Common's football pitch for the celebrations.

The common often hosts big events, but has relied on generators to power entertainment and catering facilities.

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