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STAINES-UPON-THAMES DAY June 2016

This year’s fab STAINES UPON THAMES DAY on Sunday 26th June began with a successful performance by the talented SPELTHORNE YOUNG VOICES — a borough-based community choir, open to those of junior and senior school age, established in 2003 to promote and inspire young singers, as they prepare to develop good musical habits, discipline and musicality.

Shortly after, the Mayor’s Parade marched down the High Street. [Theme: Kings & Queens, to commemorate the 90th birthday of the Queen] with school children and community groups, dance groups and a marching band. This parade effectively opened the event.

As in previous years, there was plenty to see and do in the Memorial Gardens, and also along the River Thames, in the market square and on the High Street. With a Main Stage, more than three performance arenas, and an abundance of interesting & fun activities.

Folk, Blues 'n' Country outfit MOONSHINE ... One of several bands performing on STAINES UPON THAMES day ...
Folk, Blues ‘n’ Country outfit MOONSHINE … One of several bands performing on STAINES UPON THAMES day …

Local surf-punkers CHASING CARA [main photo] engaged the audience from the main stage with their high-energy antics, fast riffs and driving bass lines.

Other music came from the excellent Staines Lammas Band, the talented covers outfit SOUND MINED (their Elle King cover “Ex’s & Oh’s” was a treat) and lots more.

We headed towards the STAINES RIVERSIDE CLUB too, for their free stage. Here we saw the splendid 6 piece Folk, Blues ‘n’ Country outfit MOONSHINE whose wide range of covers we particularly enjoyed.

Another stand-out attraction of the day was the Falconry display with First Class Falconry.

There were also some excellent dance performances in the Memorial Gardens, lots of interesting Arts & Crafts Stalls and Charity & Community Stalls, the exciting Dragon Boat Challenge and the wonderful duck races.

Staines Upon Thames Day - lots of interesting Arts & Crafts Stalls and Charity & Community Stalls, the exciting Dragon Boat Challenge and the wonderful duck races ...
Staines Upon Thames Day – lots of interesting Arts & Crafts Stalls and Charity & Community Stalls, the exciting Dragon Boat Challenge and the wonderful duck races …

Spelthorne Canoe Club and Surrey Canoe Club gave free Taster Sessions for those who fancied splashing about on the water, whilst French Bros organised hourly Boat Trips along the Thames.

The day stayed dry, the Thames Side Brewery served refreshing Ales & Pimms and the Pony Rides were busy all afternoon. And once we had taken in all the sights & sounds and the party-by-river atmosphere we found some tasty morsels to tempt us on the various Street Food stalls before heading for a well-earned cream tea in the Church Hall.

An exciting family fun day filled with joy and activities. It allowed us all to experience a real sense of community and belonging.

Link: http://www.stainesuponthamesday.co.uk/
Story & all photos: @neilmach 2016 ©

Dragon Boats and spalshing about on the River on Staines-upon-thames day
Dragon Boats and spalshing about on the River on Staines-upon-thames day

 

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Swan Upping at Staines

The practice of Swan Upping dates from the Middle Ages, when the Crown of England claimed ownership of all the swans on the River Thames in a time when swans were considered an important source of food and where the birds would be the main centre-piece of any banquet or royal party.

Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on the Thames in Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. It is designed to count swans (to assess how many are available for the Royal table) and also lay claim to any swans that are — as yet — unmarked.

Each boat flies the appropriate flag and pennant...
Each boat flies the appropriate flag and pennant…

The historic ceremony dates from at least the twelfth century. In 1378 the office of ‘Keeper of the King’s Swans’ was created and a document entitled “The Lawes, Orders and Customs for Swans” explained the tasks of a keeper.

Nowadays, the Queen’s Swan Warden collects and records data on cygnets (young swans), and is also expected to weigh, measure and evaluate the birds once captured.
Although birds are still marked, they are rarely eaten (except, occasionally, at state banquets.)

The Royal Swan Uppers, wearing the scarlet uniform of Her Majesty the Queen, travel in skiffs together with traditional Swan Uppers from the Vintners’ and Dyers’ livery companies. Each boat flies the appropriate flag and pennant.

Link: http://www.royalswan.co.uk/
The Swan Sanctuary is a charity dedicated to the care and treatment of swans and waterfowl with an established reputation, not only within the British Isles but worldwide.
IF YOU NEED TO REPORT AN EMERGENCY CALL:
01932 240790 (+44 1932 240790 FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLERS)
The Swan Sanctuary, Felix Lane, Shepperton

All images: @neilmach 2015 ©

The Queen’s Swan Marker on July 20th 2015 is David Barber - seen here at Penton Hook Lock, Staines
The Queen’s Swan Marker on July 20th 2015 is David Barber – seen here at Penton Hook Lock, Staines

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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