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Paul CullenCelebrity Manager
Lifeboats News Release
TV royalty fly the flag for the RNLI at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant
RNLI supporter and EastEnders star Steve McFadden was reunited with former on-screen mum Barbara Windsor as they joined the flotilla of boats taking part in the historic Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant on Sunday 3 June 2012. Celebrating the 60 year reign of Her Majesty The Queen, who is Patron of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Steve was also keen that the occasion demonstrated his commitment to the charity that saves lives at sea, by hoisting aloft a large RNLI flag aboard his 40ft Dutch barge Barbara. Participating in the Pageant did mean that Steve was unable to take part in this year’s RNLI Castle to Castle open water swim in Falmouth, Cornwall; an event which he has actively supported since its creation in 2009. Steve’s backing of and participation in the Castle to Castle swim saw the number of swimmers swell from a respectable 40 in the first year, to over 400 the following year. This annual event has now raised an incredible £87,000 for the RNLI in its 4 year history and Steve is looking forward to continuing its success by taking part again in 2013. Steve’s focus for 2012 was on a very different stretch of water and he was thrilled and honored to take his place with family and close friends, including his former co-star, on the River Thames. Steve McFadden says: ‘Being as keen a royalist as I am a sailor, I was pleased as Punch when I found out I had been accepted to take part in the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant. It was a fantastic experience to be part of history, and also to have my own Windsor aboard! Flying the RNLI flag was my way of recognising the brave and courageous volunteer lifeboat crews, knowing the great lifesaving work they do and the spirit they do it in whenever their pagers sound.’ Steve and Barbara can be seen preparing for the Pageant in a recent special souvenir edition of Hello! magazine who have, on Steve’s request, made a donation to the RNLI for the interview.
Notes to Editors Please find attached a photograph of Steve McFadden and Barbara Windsor onboard Steve’s Dutch Barge Barbara which took part in the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant (credit: Nicky Johnston/Hello!) RNLI media contacts Paul Cullen, Celebrity Manager 020 7620 7427 / 07979 516696 firstname.lastname@example.org
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