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14:05 Wednesday 19 November 2014 

River pageant planned for Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations

Magna Carta 800A procession of boats will make its way along the Thames from Bisham to Wraysbury as part of the Royal Borough's celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

The river pageant, featuring boats of all shapes and sizes, will make its way downstream on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.

It is being organised in partnership with Thames Alive, which helped to organise the 2012 Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, and Runnymede Borough Council.

Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: "Magna Carta is the foundation of law and democracy in many parts of the world, not just here in the United Kingdom, and the world's eyes will be on us in June next year."

Costs for the pageant will be covered by sponsors and underwritten by the Royal Borough.

It was in June 1215 that English barons assembled at Runnymede to challenge the authority of King John, and the Magna Carta was sealed on the 15th.

Events, activities and exhibitions in the run up to the pageant are being organised by libraries, the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, schools and community groups.

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