Caister lifeboat takes part in the Diamond Jubilee flotilla

FLYING the borough flag and the Norfolk flag, Caister lifeboat proudly sailed along with nearly a thousand other boats as the flotilla cascaded down the River Thames on Saturday.

Paul Williams, Tommy Williams, Andrew Turner, Richard Miles and Paul Garrod set sail for London on Friday afternoon on the Bernard Matthews II.

They docked at West India at 7pm after a three hour trip from Caister to London.

On Saturday, a coach full of 50 people from Caister travelled to London to support the men and a further eight crew members joined them on the boat.

Paul said: “It was absolutely fantastic. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

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“The crowds were 30 deep all the way along, around one million people watched. We were on the edge so we had a good view.

“We found out we had received the Queen’s Jubilee award on the Saturday so we were all in very high spirits. We haven’t had time to celebrate.”

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They set sail for Norfolk at 4.30am on Sunday and arrived home eight hours later.

“We set up a Facebook page and have connected with hundreds of people so it was great to share our journey,” Paul added.

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