Saturday, 27 September 2014

1st KP Cruise on River Thames: 27 September

Kashmiri Pandits Cultural Society UK gang at the 1st KP Cruise in England!

A beautiful calm day welcomed all the KP families who participated in the first ever KP Cruise in England!
The Waverley Ship arrives!!
Around sixty of us waited excitedly for the ship to arrive and then the magestic beauty arrived!! Welcomed with cheers and waves, the boat named after Sir Walter Scott's first novel, Paddle Steamer Waverley was built on the Clyde in 1947. It was built to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk during active war service in 1940.

Waverley is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. In 1975, at the end of her working life, she was famously bought for £1 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland, was set up to operate the ship. Waverley then began a second career as one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions.

On board, there was chattering, introductions and lots of giggles. Everyone was busy with their own peers and exploring the ship in their own style.

The boys & the beer!
Chillling out: enjoying the calm waters as we sail!

A capacity of around 700 people, the ship was a housefull! A sail time of 1.5 hours, once ashore Southend-on-Sea, the group headed to the adventure island and the beach.
Time to get off!

Batnee Brigade!!

A variety of food - homecooked and bought was brought out and an elaborate picnic took place. Everyone enjoyed the scrumptious food shared with love.

What was the highlight of the day was the superb cleaning of the water body the children undertook!

The dare of the day! The Brrr Dip Challenge..

Also the cold water dip - perhaps in the spirit of the Ice Bucket challenge taken on by Chandan Kotwal, Kapil Dhar and led by our young Palash. Brrr....fantastic!! 

The big water clean up challenge! 
And we walked the 1.6 mile stretch on the pier!!

All in all, a great day was had and the bonding became stronger. Onwards and upwards our KPCS brigade!

Now the wait is on for the KPCS Grand Diwali Party on Friday, 24th October 2014!!

To view more photos of the cruise, please click here.

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