A NARROWBOAT owned by a Stourport couple will be one of the thousand boats gathering on London’s River Thames in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The “Doris Katia”, which belongs to Andrew and Frances Phasey, was selected by pageant organisers and representatives from the river community.

The event takes place on the afternoon of Sunday, June 3 and the flotilla will include rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels dressed in streamers and Union Jacks and stretching for 12 and a half miles.

Mr Phasey said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected to be part of the pageant. It will be an absolutely magical experience and once in a lifetime moment.”

With three boats applying for every place in the flotilla, judges considered safety and fitness for purpose as well as exploring whether entrants were of historical significance or had an interesting story to tell.

Mrs Phasey added: “We applied because we thought it was just such an exciting occasion. It will be the Doris Katia’s biggest event yet and I dare say it will never have another like it either.

“I think part of the reason we were selected is because we belong to the St Pancras Cruising Club which is involved in boating on London’s waterways.

“Appearance was very important in the selection process and I think the traditional norrowboat and its uniqueness impressed them.”

The narrowboat is named after Mr Phasey’s aunty. It was built in 1997 and since then has taken the couple over much of the English canal and river system as well as occasionally serving as a temporary home.

The Phasey’s will be in London during May taking part in the rehearsals.

Every boat will take its place in the flotilla alongside the Queen and other members of the Royal Family aboard The Spirit of Chartwell Royal Barge.

Are you organising an event for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? Get in touch with William Tomaney by calling 01562 633340, email william.tomaney@kidderminstershuttle.co.uk or tweet @ksshuttle