VOLUNTEER crew members from Gravesend RNLI lifeboat station will be helping out at the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant.

The team of ten will be on board the charity’s inshore lifeboats helping to ensure participants and spectators stay safe on June 3.

The Thames Pageant will see 1,000 vessels making their way along the River Thames and is set to be the largest flotilla in modern times, with boats of all shapes and sizes stretching for an estimated 12.5 miles.

Volunteer Ian Smith said: "It’s a huge honour for us all to be involved in the RNLI presence on the day of the pageant.

"On a day-to-day basis we see and carry out rescues on a rather different stretch of the river to where the Pageant will be."

For more information or to make a donation, visit rnli.org.uk/celebrate