Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire Diamond Jubilee boat starts journey to London

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Media captionThe President transported goods to factories around Staffordshire in the early 20th Century

One of the world's only steam-powered narrowboats is due to leave Staffordshire later to take part in the Diamond Jubilee pageant.

The 71ft (22m) President will make a 336-mile journey to London, expected to take three weeks.

The narrowboat will represent the county as part of a 1,000 strong flotilla on the River Thames on 3 June.

The boat, owned by the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, will be crewed by a team of volunteers.

The President is due to begin its journey from Etruria at 13:30 GMT and will visit Stone on Saturday and Fradley on Sunday.

The boat, which was built in Birmingham in 1909, was used to transport a variety of goods to factories around Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Sir James Hawley said the county had chosen the boat to highlight its industrial heritage.

"There are more miles of canal in this county than in any other and so it will be very fitting that Staffordshire will be represented by a boat that symbolises this," he added.

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