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Tudor Pull

The Tudor Pull is a ceremonial event that takes place each year, organised by the Thames Traditional Rowing Association (TTRA).

Rowed by members of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, the Gloriana will travel from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London to deliver a ‘Stela’ to the Governor of the Tower for safekeeping.

The ‘Stela’ is a piece of medieval water pipe made from a hollowed tree trunk and bears the coat of arms of the Watermen’s Company.

The Gloriana will be accompanied by the Thames Watermen’s Cutters, all rigged with full ceremonial canopies and flags and rowed with four oars by fully-liveried crews. To keep up tradition for the cutters, each will carry at least one passenger.

The flotilla travelling up-river is always an incredible sight with deep historical significance, so make sure you don’t miss the action and claim your the perfect spot by the Thames this Sunday!

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This entry was published on 09/05/2014 at 2:39 pm. It’s filed under Event, River Thames, Tower Bridge and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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