Headed by 'Dalesman', a flotilla of boats is making its way down the canal in Skipton carrying local dignitaries and guests for the procession around the town.
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It is a year since the 80-year-old ex-miner died, almost five months after he was attacked in a violent robbery at his house in Maltby.
Commuters were also warned to expect travel chaos as Doris gathered speeds of nearly 90mph.
Ken Cresswell and John Shaw, from Rotherham, were among four men to lose their lives after the collapse at the Didcot A plant a year ago.