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Andrew Southerden, landlord at the Coach & Horses who, has turned his pub into a ship to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Andrew Southerden, landlord at the Coach & Horses who, has turned his pub into a ship to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Andrew Southerden, landlord at the Coach & Horses who, has turned his pub into a ship to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

It's all aboard at a pub which has been turned into a ship to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

Residents in Kibworth, Leicestershire, have helped landlord Andrew Southerden to transform the Coach & Horses pub into HMS Coach & Horses.

Hundreds of man-hours have gone into transforming the outside of the pub to look like a ship, complete with funnels, life rafts, illuminated portholes and a bow.

The pub will be officially "launched" on June 3, the same day as hundreds of ships are due to take part in a pageant on the River Thames in London. More than 1,000 boats of all shapes and sizes are due to take place in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant to celebrate 60 years of the Queen's reign.

Back at HMS Coach & Horses, Mr Southerden will be hosting a Regatta street party with live music, a best-built boat competition and a nautical fancy dress contest.

The 49-year-old, who has been running the pub since September 2008 with wife Beverley, said: "After the success of the street party we had for the Royal Wedding last year we got to thinking how we could top that for the Jubilee. We had 70 tables last year, competitions, fancy dress, and it was such good fun.

"So, when I heard about the pageant on the River Thames I thought 'well, why don't we have a Kibworth Regatta?'"

The father-of-two praised the amount of support he has had from locals who have helped to transform the pub for the occasion.

He added: "The support from the community has been awesome - with lots of people coming into the pub and asking what they could do to help.

"We've also been praised for the amount of detail with the life boats and portholes - I must say it looks stunning. I'm really looking forward to next week. It should be a great deal of fun for the whole community."

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