Published: 08:00, 14 June 2014 |
Updated: 08:51, 14 June 2014
Look out for the Mayor’s swan-upping cruise on the River Medway next Saturday.
The new Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Richard Thick, will be joined by a chain of other mayors from across the county, as he steps aboard a cruiser supplied by the Hampstead and Yalding Cruising Club to survey the extent of his watery domain and to count the number of swans that he now owns.
The dignitaries will be met by the president, Mo Clayton, and acting commodore of the club, Mark Smurthwaite, at Jubilee Walk in Maidstone town centre at 8.30am to be pipped aboard the yacht.
Then its off downstream, through Allington Lock, to the Hawkwood Stone at Burham, where the jurisdiction of Medway Council begins.
Then its back to Jubilee Walk for lunch before the vessel continues upstream first to East Farleigh Lock, where the Mayor will be welcomed by the chairmen of East Farleigh, Barming and Tovil Parish Councils, before going on to Teston Lock for a similar reception by the chairmen of West Farleigh, Teston and Nettlestead Parish Councils.
The Mayor will then cheekily step outside his area, invading the borough of Tonbridge and Malling, as he cruises on to the Medway Wharf Marina in Wateringbury, for a reception hosted by the cruising club for Cllr Thick and his guests.
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