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Soroptimist Region Platinum Jubilee River Cruise

The Soroptimist Region of Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral enjoyed an opportunity to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee on a river cruise, with afternoon tea and entertainment.

On Saturday, 11th June, a group of 40 Soroptimists from clubs in Cheshire, North Wales & Wirral ( enjoyed a social outing on the Lady Diana, meandering along the River Dee in Chester.



Members, dressed in red, white and blue or resplendent as Royalty (with lots of purple in evidence!), spent a relaxing three hours whilst indulging in afternoon tea and appreciating the lovely scenery, as the boat sailed down to the Iron Bridge at Eccleston.

Ironbridge River Dee





Entertainment consisted of a royal quiz which was won by Cherry Povall from SI Birkenhead, with questions such as How many grandchildren does the Queen have?  In what year was Prince Charles Born? What is the name of the head of the Royal Household?

There was also a raffle and prizes for the best-dressed royals:  Louise Parry (SI Northwich) and Pam Cheesley Hollinshead (SI Bebbington) were deserving winners.

The crew looked after us admirably and provided endless cups of tea, a well-stocked bar and a varied, delicious buffet.  Although we missed the morning regatta, there were still many boats and canoes on the river.  A commentary kept us informed of places of interest. Sadly, President Yvonne, whose idea it had been, could not be with us due to ill-health, and she was greatly missed at the Soroptimist Region Platinum Jubilee river cruise.






No one fell overboard and many said that they had thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing day.

women on boat in red white and blue