The new Lord Mayor, Lord Mountevans of Chelsea, led the 800th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s Show.
This year being the 800th anniversary meant that there were no less than 155 floats and 7,000 personnel. With the Lord Mayor’s theme of ‘Innovate here – succeed anywhere’ Sir Peter Blake created the magnificent artwork for this year’s show.
Over 100 of Marketors enjoyed the hospitality of Strada just across the road from St Paul’s Cathedral and cheered float #41 – the Worshipful Company of Marketors – as it passed accompanied by St Dunstan’s College Combined Cadet Force’s Corps of Drums.
The St Dunstan’s College Combined Cadet Force’s Corps of Drums was founded in 2009 and consists of boys and girls from both their Royal Navy Section and Army Section from the age of 13 right up to 6th formers. The marching Corps of Drums consists of drums, bugles and flutes and 16 cadets took part in the show.
We also cheered our affiliates, 151 Regiment at #54, who, as well as being in the show, were of course responsible for all the logistics on the day. They were marvellous. It went like clockwork. There was also a cheery wave for Alderman Sir Paul Judge and Past Master of the Marketors as he passed by in his carriage at #132 in the parade.
For the first time, the Marketors invited members of their affiliate HMS St Albans to join us at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. It was delightful that the ship’s Captain, Commander Richard Hutchings RN, Lt Tamayo and Leading Seaman Kaylie Yates were able to attend.
A full article of the Lord Mayor’s show will appear in December’s edition of Marketor.