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Crew of 16 cancer survivors at pageant
5:00pm Saturday 9th June 2012 in News
THREE women from Malvern were among a crew for breast cancer survivors who braved the elements on the Thames for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant.
Sue Shackleton, Bev Brocklehurst and Sue Handy were part of the Worcester Busters’ 16-strong crew which endured torrential rain and miserable conditions on Sunday but Mrs Shackleton described it as an “incredible experience”.
She said: “It was such an exciting thing to be part of. I think it was far better being part of it than watching on the television.”
Fellow crew member Deborah Shields added: “The Busters had a great day out pageanting on the Thames and are feeling just a tiny bit proud of ourselves.”
The self-styled floating support group formed part of the ‘manpowered’ section and were surrounded by more than 1,000 vessels large and small in what was one of the largest flotilas to assemble on the river.
During the seven-mile route they passed many of the capital’s most notable landmarks, including HMS Belfast, and passing through the open Tower Bridge.
The group were also namedchecked during the BBC’s live coverage of the event.