Clare Balding meets some of the 6,500 parade participants and Paul Dickenson sets the scene as the BBC celebrates the installation of the 684th Lord Mayor of London.
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Good morning and welcome to the City of London. A glorious morning
it is. I am surrounded by smiling people who have gathered here to
watch one of the greatest parades in the British calendar. Obviously,
the financial tpwuegss of the world have rarely been out of the
headlines, but today a chance for the City of London to relax, to
show itself off, to wave the flaggings and to celebrate the
arrival of the new Lord Mayor. This is the Lord Mayor's Show, over,000
people are to take part in a parade coming up here, in fronts of
Mansion House, at the centre of it all, is the new Lord Mayor, David
Wootton. You will see spectacular floats. If you are wandered why
they are called floats, well, up until 155 years ago, the parade
would take place on the river. As a rower, wootwoot with the was keen
to take it back to the water. -- David Wootton was keen to take
it back to the river. Earlier this morning he joined the Royalkm barge,
Golden Jubilee Year to take it along the Thames.
On arrival at HMS President, he was given a special salute.
He was allowed to enjoy a tot of rum! He then board the more
familiar gold Stagecoach. Shortly he is arriving here, up to the
Mansion House, that is to be his home for the next 12 months, on the
corner of the balcony, we find Paul Dickenson.
Good morning everybody. I have the best seat in the house here on
Mansion House. The parade is to pass in front of us. They are
lining the streets here in terms of the crowd. All of the way up to the
Royal Courts of Justice, where David Wootton sways his oath of
allegiance to the sovereign in a ceremony dating back 800 years.
Below me is the Guard of Honour, formed by the Reserve City of
London. Taking part in a special medal presentation in a while.
Alongside them is the Band of the Royal Marines Collingwood. So all
are ready and waiting. The scene is set for the arrival of the new Lord
Mayor, David Wootton, but how did he arrive from the streets of
Bradford to become a leading city lawyer? It is not a sudden leap
from the streets of Bradford to the office of Lord Mayor. Everywhere, I
have been, school, university, it has been a place of encouraging you
to move on. I was encouraged to apply for
Cambridge. At Cambridge most people are getting jobs in London, but
again, that was a place of aspiration.
Then once I got here, the message I was given was it was up to you.
Here we are on one of the terraces here at the law firm which I am a
partner, from which you can see a magnificent view of the city and
what it does. Here is EC2, the banks, the asset
and fund investments, where your pension and mine is looked after.
You have to look at the office of the Lord Mayor as the ambassador
for the City Information Services, and given where we are, I think
that the most important thing is to emphasise the connection, as
opposed to the disconnection between the city and the rest of
the community. We need to look and project our
message about the good things that the business side of the city does
and making sure that there are not bad things that the business side
of the city does. Over here is the heart of the city.
The area of London that is being less advantage. Further over is
Bethnal Greenkm technology College. The students and staff from here
are combining the local artists to design a float for the Lord Mayor
Show. My old grammar school is having a
float. Flets from welcome Yorkshire that covers the -- floats from
Welcome to Yorkshire and a steam bus. I will spend most of my
journey in the coach with my head out of the window, waving at the
corrodes, but I have been told that it rocks in the American of a ship
in a storm, so I'm going to take some sea sickness tablets! Well,
David Wootton is arriving in the beautiful gold state coach soon.
His escort today, the personal troops from the Blues and Royal
Squadron. So, the atmosphere is absolutely
building all of the time. He will be getting off the state
coach in just a little while. He is coming up to the Mansion
House, then he will be enjoying his own show in 2011.
Well, let's get a word live now with David Wootton, the new Lord
Mayor. You were worried about feeling sea sick, how is it there?
It is OK so far. I promised everyone brilliant sunshine, that
is what we have got. And a wonderful reception. Great
corrodes? Yes. A great crowd. We started on the flotilla. It was
wonderful, lots of colour. Very good luck. Enjoy the day. I
may come and see you on the balcony. Thank you very much.
Well, certainly David Wootton has had a long day already. An
enjoyable day we all hope as well, but nothing will compare to being
up here on the balcony and watching this brilliant show unfold.
The state coach is over 250 years old now.
It is being pulled by six extraordinary Shire horses.
Just at the back of the coach, just out of shot, we can see Mr Montoya
and plfplt Vardez -- and pl MrVardez.
So, on dry land now, a great round of applause here today. David
Wootton, the new Lord Mayor of London.
Being met by the Pageantmaster. Being met also by the First Sea
Lord, Admiral Mark Stennet. Presiding over his 20th show. More
about that later on. They are going over to inspect his
Guard of Honour. The First Sea Lord. The head of the
Navy. He is here as they are celebrating
the relationship between the Royal Marines ReSerbists who served in
Afghanistan for a ten-year period now. They are being met by the
commanding major or, Major WillHale. He is recently returned from
Afghanistan. The first man to receive receive his medal this
morning is marine Adams from Kent. All of the men are, of course,
volunteers. All of the men have day Adams served with 42 Commando,
Royal Marines. So, each of the Marines in the
front rank are receiving their service medal.
All of these guys have served on operations in Afghanistan. The Lord
Mayor there. The First Sea Lord move on to
Colour Sergeant Gammore from Reading. He normally works as a
communications planner for a large media company. He too joined in
Moving on next to Marine Danielkm holder.
-- Holder. He works as a tree surgeon. He
passed out in 2008. He served a six-month deployment
with 40 Commando in sanguine in Afghanistan.
Well, certainly as we watch the medal presentation, we are reminded
how well all of the day's events are planned and excuted and the
responsibility for the parade goes to one man. I mentioned him before,
there he is in person, the Pageantmaster, Dominic Reid. It is
his job to guide and to assist each Lord Mayor and to create this
amazing three-mile long procession, we are minutes away from witnessing.
This year Dominic Reid has a special reason to be very proud
indeed. I started in 1971 when my father
was asked to look at producing the show, his first show in 1972. As an
11-year-old I came along and held his hand and had a good look around
and saw what we thought about it. When my father died, unexpectedly,
I was asked to carry on. I said "yes", here I am, 20 years
later, still doing it. It is endlessly fascinating. You get to
work with a lot of wonderful people from all sorts of walks of life.
There have been fantastic floats. We push the boundaries in terms of
what we deliver to the audience and the fun that is involved. Lord
Mayor's Show is a platform for good citizenship. From the smallest
child to the soldiers that come back to us from Afghanistan. They
always have a story to tell. 2011 is my 20th year in the role. It is
significant as the record for tenure of this job is held by my
father with to. I am equalling that record. That is a nice thing to be
able to do. I don't think it is given to many people to step into
the shoes of their father and actually carry on doing pretty much
exactly what they did. For me it has been an incredibly riching
experience. I think there are few people here who remember my father
as the Pageantmaster, I have sort of always been here now. It is a
very curious feeling. Well, Dominic has lost his whis
acres this year! He is still a proud man to be presiding over
another Mayor's Show and equalling the record set by his father.
We are still on the Royal Marine Reservist presentation.
We are on to Lance Corp ral Harvey from Chingford.
The first sea Sea Lord a very proud man indeed,
accompanying David Wootton. Certainly when these men marched
out into the middle of the great circus here, surrounded by the Bank
of England, the Mansion House and the Royal Exchange, there was a
huge round of applause. Everybody appreciated, appreciating what
these guys have done. So Corporal Nigel Coleman.
Joining back in 2000. He has just returned from Afghanistan.
He served with the Yankee Company, On to call Paul Andrew from Bromley.
He joined the Royal Marines way back in 1992. He joined the Royal
Marines Reserve after his regular And finally on to call Paul Duncan
Stuart. He works for the Ministry After this presentation, the new
Lord Mayor will make his way up onto the balcony and then the
parade will start in earnest. Some very proud men out there and I am
sure the Lord Mayor himself feels very privileged to have made that
Dominic Reid will escort the Lord Mayor up to his position on the
balcony and then the Pageantmaster will move over to Princes Street,
where the Irish and Welsh Guards will give the parade an absolutely
fabulous start. So, with Dominic at casting an expert eye over
proceedings, even after 20 years in the job, he does not leave anything
to chance. If you have got a burning question for Dominic or the
new Lord Mayor, we would love to hear from you. You can send in an
email and we will get through as many as we can. Even if you want to
wish somebody taking part in the parade lots of love. Here is our
So as the new Lord Mayor goes on to the Mansion House balcony, the
Irish Guards and Welsh Guards are waiting patiently underneath a
giant blue banner that has been set up. As the signal is given for the
parade to begin. The famous tricorn hat comes off,
just about obscuring David Wootton! The Irish and Welsh Guards being
followed on horseback by the Assistant Commissioner of City of
London Police and the deputy commander, Frank Armstrong and
Brigadier Matthew Lowe, who is riding Oscar. And continuing the
theme of David Wootton's connection with Yorkshire and Bradford, the
first time that Bradford Grammar School have ever appeared in the
show. It is over 400 years old and celebrating 350 years of its Royal
Charter. So that will give David Wootton a huge amount of pleasure.
The Lord Mayor's appeal, one this year is Fit for the Future,
inspired by London 2012 and his love of rowing. That's a very nice
likeness of David Wootton! It has been inspired by 2012 and the Lord
there is supporting charities that help and promote a healthier future
for us all. He is also supporting the trauma centre at the Royal
London Hospital, the Rowing Foundation, London youth rowing and
the fields Trust. So, walking with the banners there, Allen & over a
Bethnal Green technology College, which you heard David Wootton
mention in that film we showed you. Bethnal Green technology College is
one of the areas where David Wootton is supporting all of the
youngsters. And the Langbourn Ward Club. That was established way back
in 1890 and for the past six years, it has been led by the man who was
known in those days as Alderman. He is now the new Lord Mayor of London.
Already there's a fantastic atmosphere. I hope Clare Balding
can hear any? I certainly can and I am now in the company of the
Worshipful Company of Fletchers. We have for Paralympic Archer, Pippa
Britain. How are you? If it is so exciting to be here. How important
is it to what you do and working ahead to the Paralympics in London,
how important is the support? brilliant. They have done so much
of the sport and putting money into the sport. It is going ahead to
2016 as well, so it is fabulous. And you will be here? I hope so.
That is the Worshipful Company of Fletchers, who make bows and arrows
and they used to make longbows. is hard to believe that this time
next year, both the Olympics and Paralympic Games will be over. It
will be a distant memory. We have certainly got a lot to look forward
to. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. And once again, the Society of
Young Freemen. This is the mythical protector of the City of London. In
the show for over 450 years. Their patron is always the new Lord Mayor.
Looking absolutely magnificent once again. These are regular visitors
to the Lord Mayor's Show. The Romford Drum and trumpet call. They
are playing Sons Of Brave. Each year, an association of past
masters and delivery companies is here. We have a record number
taking part in this year's show. They are associations of
professional people who do a huge amount for charity throughout the
City of London. There's the first of them, or the Worshipful Company
of Woolmen. Have we got any sheep on there? Yes, we have! I bet they
are warm! The patron is the Royal Highness, -- His Royal Highness,
the Princess of Wales. Somewhere on that flowed we have got somebody
with giant knitting needles. -- on that float. That's Julian Wilson. -
- Gillian Wilson. And they are being closely followed by the
Worshipful Company of Lightmongers. They are one of the Modern Livery
Companies. They aim to foster the art and science of lighting, and to
encourage the invention and imagination of the use of light in
education. There we have the clockmakers. They are a bit older
There is actually a museum of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
situated at the Guildhall and it is one of the oldest and finest
collections of clocks, watches and I am now alongside Nigel Colman,
who received his operational medal from the Lord Mayor. How long were
you in Afghanistan and what were your duties? I was there for 5, 6
months and I was employed as the intelligence head, insisting
counter-insurgency operations. special is it to be here today,
receive your medal and have so many people around? It is lovely to be
recognised for deployment and service. How long have you been in
service? For 10 years. How long will you carry on doing it? A good
few years yet. A few more adventures to be had!
Congratulations to you and The band and the marching
detachment of the Royal Air Force They have also got the RAF Search
and Rescue helicopter squadron and the 600 Squadron is the oldest of
the Auxiliary Squadron in the country, formed back in 1925, when
Commander Michelle Crossman -- and Commander Michelle Crossman is
They are now based at RAF Northolt and provide personnel across a wide
range of specialisations to support headquarters, including
intelligence, communications, operations and logistics. Commander
Michelle Crossman. It is her last day as Officer Commanding. The
Institute of Directors, the third time they have entered a float in
the Lord Mayor's Show. It was established way back in 1903. And
once again, the Yorkshire thing continues with this beautiful
Leyland Tiger bus. Totally restored. She spent her youth touring between
Whitby and Hull. She was made in A very proud moment for Yorkshire
and a very proud moment for David Wootton, who hails from Bradford.
And right behind the Yorkshire tiger, we find London's Air
Ambulance. Steve Jones, you were on duty last night? Yes. I finished
this morning. So straight here? How long have you been part of the
service? For five years but I have been with the London Air Ambulance
for 12 years. And it started in 1989? Yes. How important is it? Is
seen as a critical service? Are yes. We cover a whole of London and we
only have one team covering the whole of London. 24 hours. Very
important. Today in the parade, a chance to show yourselves off and
make people aware of what you do? Yes. It is great. It is lovely to
meet people who are not hurt for a change! Exactly! Enjoy it. Thank
Her name is Joan, she weighs eight tonnes. Doing a brilliant job of
pulling the float along with the Worshipful Company of Paviors.
86 years old is the steam roller. And John Prince and John Barnes and
Michael are up there somewhere. All connected with the livery company.
Somewhere around that float are the Paul Davis Jazz Band.
MUSIC PLAYS Thomson Reuters, they are
delivering information to the financial sector here in the City.
They deliver information to all industries, in fact, in the heart
of business here in the City of London.
Their float signifys what they call the knowledge effect. It represents
the global nation of their business. The Air Training Corps Band from
London and Middlesex's Wings Air The 900 squadrons of Air Training
Corps all across the UK. They have 40,000 members, aged between 13 and
Now, here is a face, I am sure that you will recognise. Lloyd Grossman,
here with Worshipful Company of Glaziers, why? Well, because of my
long-standing interest in the historic environment I was very
keen to get involved with the Worshipful Company of Glaziers.
They do so much educational and charitable work in relation to the
preservation and the study of stained glass and training young
people. It is important to realise that the Lord Mayor's Show is not
just about wearing funny cost uems or the City. It is about all of
these great organisations who do such great things for the
communities up and down the country. For you it is the connection with
the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. In terms of the parade, have you
been here before? I came to watch the show in 19 75 when I was a
student and then about five years ago when my daughter was marching
in it. Now you are in the centre of it?
is aiz maizing to be participating in it, but it is great fun and very
important. Thank you very much for talking
with us, Lloyd Grossman. The Intelligence Corps going
through the picture there. 3 Military Intelligence Battalion,
all volunteers, of course. Another TA unit.
The weather has been so kind to us today.
Also students there from the Skinner's Academy. So yet another
reference to the livery companies that date back, way, way back to
the Middle Ages. The earliest reliable records date back to 1155.
That was the Weaver's Company. We have the National Youth Marching
Band going through our picture. There they are.
It is coming down Princes Street, making a right-hand turn into
Mansion House. Of course, to remind you that the
parade continues all the way past St Paul's Cathedral where the new
Lord Mayor and his wife are invited on to the steps much the famous
landmark. They will be there for the blessing
and then on to the Law Courts, where he will swear his allegiance
to Queen and country. The marching band is made up from
the Red Hill Corps of Drums from Surrey.
There we have the Admiral Scaffold ing Group.
Now, Chinese celebrations nearly always involve a lion. We have two
here today at the Lord Mayor's Show. One here and one with Dominic Reid.
They must be woken up. To be woken up they need eyes. Am I doing this?
Put a dot here on the mirror and then on the right and the left eye
and it will come to life. So, the mirror is to ward off evil
spirits and the eye here in the middle and there on the left.
OK, wake up, lion! Go on! Wow! This is going to join the Hong Kong
Government float. The other one has woken up on the
other side of the arch. Goodbye, lion! Thank you! It has
always been a huge connection with the City of London and Hong Kong.
They are both huge financial centres.
I have seen Clare waking the dragons. The dragon, is, of course
noisy. I think that they will be drowned out by the crowds here
today. They are here in their thousands. They are standing around
Mansion House, almost ten deep. The guests at Mansion House were
treated to seeing the Wishing Tree being driven past a few moments ago.
There is Fireman Sam. He started on our screens back in
1987. He is celebrating his 20th birth day this year.
Well, there is another big connection between the Lord Mayor
and the City of Stoke-on-Trent. The two serving Lord Mayors
enjoying the parade here this morning.
The Lord Mayor of Stoke and the Lord Mayor of London on the balcony.
Terry Follows is being waved to there by David Wootton.
David Wootton invited Stoke-on- Trent because that is where his
father came from. There he is.
He must be a very proud man today. Stoke-on-Trent celebrating the fact
that they can boost such people as Robbie Williams, a great sing frer
Stoke-on-Trent. Sir Stanley Matthews, where the iconic
aeroplane, the Spitfire was designed. They are looking forward
to seeing the Olympic Torch coming their way this year. That float is
celebrating Incredible India. Showing the art, culture of the
southern Indian state of Kerala. And this is Elizabeth. The Whitby
Steam Bus. Vernon is drying, his wife is with
me now. Where have you been with her? We have steamed her all the
way from Whitby. It has taken a week. My word. How dot public react
to her? Elizabeth makes lots of friends. She brings a smile to
everyone's face. There are lots of waves and smiles.
How fast does she go? Her top speed is about 50 miles an hour, but she
does about 35. We are celebrating Elizabeth's 80
birthday. You also took her, I know that this
sounds eccentric, but you took Elizabeth to see some of the sights
of London? We did indeed. We wanted her to know where she was. We were
all around the city centre it caused a bit of chaos with the
traffic, but it made a few people happy as well.
It makes perfect sense. Thank you very much.
You would get the shock of your life if you were out for a gentle
stroll and Elizabeth came steaming past you.
Believe it or not, Elizabeth, the Whitby Steam Bus has got over 1200
friends on Facebook. The B Company 4 Para. The Parachute
Regiment formed in 1940 after Winston Churchill declared the need
of at least 5,000 paratroopers. It is a lot of history being paraded
here today. 25 members of the company have been
deployed over the last year to Afghanistan.
They are in support of both 2 and 3 Para on operation.
There is the F & G Companies 7 Rifles.
And 254 ( City of London) Field Hospital. They are joined on the
float by Captain Nolan, he re received a Queen's common
deportation for valuable services of his work on infection control in
the field. He now works with the Olympic Authorities in preparation
The 135 Indepnedent Geographic Now among the crowds watching the
Lord Mayor's Show we have lots and lots of children, but who is this?
Sasha! What is she? It's a doggie! Of course, silly me! Is that your
lucky mascot? Yes. Who is this? Sooty.
What have you liked today? I liked all of it.
I like the dancing. There is a bit of a dance coming. How old are you?
Five! Five! Where are you from? UpDp Minster.
Lovely to see you. I bet when they got out of bed this morning they
never dreamt they would be interviewed by Clare Clare Clare --
by Clare Balding on television this morning.
The 151 Transport Regiment. And just coming around the corner,
regular visitors to the Lord Mayor's Show. The 1st Hook Scout
and Guide Band player in the Royal salute as they pass financial house.
-- Mansion House. And the Guild of the Royal Hospital of St
Bartholomew. And of course, the Lord there is supporting them with
his appeal in 2012. -- the Lord Mayor. St Barts is a world leading
cancer centre. Like so many other institutions, not solely reliant,
but partly reliant on a brilliant The Worshipful Company of Loriners.
If you have just joined us and you are wondering what is going on, we
are just about halfway through the Lord Mayor's Show. There he is,
David Wootton, just waving to the passing parade. And celebrating his
election to the status of Lord Mayor of London. This certainly is
a historic day and one which will take in all over the world. He is
basically singing the praises of the City of London and everything
that it has to offer. The Square Mile Salute. An annual banquet held
at the Guildhall that raises funds for wounded troops. Some of those
funds will go towards the charities which I am sure many will be aware
of by now. Help the heroes, The Royal British Legion among spend. -
- among for them. And the Automobile Association, another
group of people who come to the Lord Mayor's Show on a regular
basis. Some splendid vehicles there. The one in front was made in 1905.
It is a Renault. Absolutely beautiful. I am not sure who is
driving it but I bet he is having a cracking day today. And what a
great registration! Do you remember when we used to start winding cars
up by winding round a handle? I actually remember winding a handful
around on an Austin that fell apart eventually! -- wind in a handle.
There we have some of the more modern vehicles belonging to the AA.
Judging from the cars parked around the back of Mansion House belonging
to so many of the Lord Mayors that have come here today. I do not
suppose they will have to call out the AA on too many occasions.
CLARE BALDING: Right behind we have Hammersmith Academy, a brand new
school that opened in September. If Tom, what was the inspiration
behind the Academy? For we wanted to create a school for the 21st
century that has all the technology you could imagine for a will next
generation school. And a lot of the information we have is going back
500 years. What is special about your school? All the new media and
everything, since it is brand new, nothing is broken! Brilliant! Is it
true you got the idea for school from seeing children in a shop
being really fired up by the internet, computers? Absolutely. I
went into my shop and you saw the teenage children playing with the
computers, learning, engaging, and I thought, it wouldn't it be
amazing to have a school with that kind of draw. And we have TV's,
radios everywhere, computers. The kids love it will stop -- we have
TVs. Around the school, we have TVs to show pictures from trips and to
show their headmaster's speech. sounds sensational. You should be
the presenter or interviewer for your film. Yes! Thank you so much,
Tom. A lovely display for Hammersmith
Academy. We are just watching the Jack Petchy Foundation. They are
going past at Mansion House. An award will be made today by a
youngster from the Jack Petchy Foundation. It recognises the
leadership skills shown by the Lord Mayor. Leadership and achievement
is what the Jack Petchy Foundation is all about. It is run in almost
2000 schools and clubs in London and Essex. It is not just about
being academic. It celebrates a wide range of skills. Somewhere in
there we have the Ascension Eagles. They do tremendous trip acrobatics
and circus performances, too. They are the current national champions
in their age group. They are the junior team. And like the Jack
Petchy Foundation, they aim to transform and inspire young people
to reach their potential. That is what the foundation is all about.
If you are wondering what it Broda ring is all about, it is about
embroidery. They are now supported by the Royal School of Needlework.
It was formed originally to protect the craft of embroidery. It has
been in existence for over 400 years. Now to the band of the Royal
Yeomanry and City Yeomanry. All part timers. The 71 Signal Regiment.
When King George the Third inspected the troupe, he had a huge
dislike of lawyers, particularly those carrying weapons, and he
The marching detachment made up of 13 riders, cavalry blacks or
charges, and those of horses belong to the Household Cavalry, face down
in Kensington, so they have travelled quite a long way today
already. -- based at down in Kensington. There will be a return
ceremony in the afternoon after they have visited the Royal Courts
of Justice and then the parade comes back towards Mansion House,
starting on the Embankment. Just a reminder to anybody in the vicinity,
if you want to see something spectacular, at 5pm this evening on
the banks of the River Thames, there is an absolutely superb
fireworks display. If the Guilds of Zurich. And the City of London
solicitors' Company. CLARE BALDING: This is Felix, who
was with the guilt of Zurich. You look magnificent! What are you
making of the parade? Good morning! We are having great fun on this
parade. It is fantastic and now the sun is coming. Zurich greets London
and we are enjoying London are very much. You have your own parade in
Zurich in the spring? Yes. On that occasion, we get flowers from all
the ladies and they get kisses. And we distribute chocolate to the
people in London. It is a bit different. I understand the new
Lord Mayor has been invited over to Zurich for your parade? Yes. We
have the privilege that David Wootton will come to our next
parade in Zurich in the spring. This is the sign of a long-standing
traditions between our guilds, the relationships between them. Between
London and Zurich and the two nations. Fabulous! Felix, thank you
very much. Asking for Swiss chocolates. He has got chocolates!
There have been so many fantastic bands parading in front of us this
morning and the costumes have been absolutely outstanding. The Royal
British Legion Band and the Corps of Drums from Romford. The Royal
British Legion, of course, so prominent over the last few weeks
The City of London solicitors have been appearing in the show for over
30 years. They have made a big effort this year. Walkers in
gazelle heads symbolising speed and athletics. That comes the day after
London was awarded the 2017 World Athletics Championships. And the
Modern Library -- Modern Livery Companies just in front of that
float, with some tremendous motorbikes. A couple of Harley-
Davidsons out on the Mansion House St. There we are. Part of the
modern livery company's flowed. -- part of the Modern Livery
Companies' flowed. They are here to honour the memory of 343 New York
firefighters who died in the 9/11 Now, there are some beautiful cars
about to come past the Mansion House. Including this, driven by
Norman. Tell me exactly what this car are is? This is the first one
off the production line when we first built them.
Of the Jaguar E-Type? This was the first sold to a customer.
How does she handle? Oh, superb. I shall let you do that. Just look
at this car. Fabulous. Absolutely beautiful. I'm sure that
blue one passed me on the way to London yesterday! The first E-Type
ever to come off the production line, how about that? Now, here is
a float with bubbles flying out. This is the Girl Guides. They
celebrated their centenary last year. Charlotte here is a Girl
Guide. What is so special about it? What do you do? You get to go
camping and to do all of the activities. You meet new friends.
It is really, really enjoyable. Were you a Brownie as well? Yes,
I've been in Rainbows and the Brownies and the Girl Guides for
six years. Very well done. Thank you very much.
Well, over the last couple of years, there have been 10 million girls
around the world participating in the Girl Guides.
They want to show us how global girl guiding is.
It is hard to believe that it is now the oath anniversary of the E-
Type. And there the Mexican Chamber of Commerce.
Along with a Mexican folk dance group.
This And the Pimlico Plumbers. They've
been in the Lord Mayor's Show many, many times in the past.
They have been here along with Streets Ahead. A dance group of ten
to 16-year-olds and a couple of vintage cars there as well.
There the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.
On the back of that float they have got a meadow! It must be the first
meadow that's ever been through the streets of London.
They have a theme called Mad About The Meadows. Encouraging Londoners
to celebrate the wild flowers, not just because we have got them, but
encouraging Londoners to create new ones.
I don't suppose there have been too many tractors coming this way.
We saw the CCA Art Bus last year. Some of the UK's leading
contemporary artists. Including Sir Peter Blake, Dougie
Fields, that is followed closely by the British Heart Foundation bus.
Another couple of fabulous cars. Then on to the band of Her
Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood. Now they march on in front of the
new Lord Mayor. This is the view that the Lord
Mayor has. I'm standing alongside David Wootton now, he is saluting
them as they come past. David, how have you found the parade so far?
You must have seen many familiar faces? It is fantastic. All colours,
all ages, the Swiss, I've lost count of the number of young people
who are here. It is a great all-age family festival.
In terms of the year ahead, what a year to be the Lord Mayor We have
lots of issues to address. There are things we must do better. This
is a great start. It is one community. Everyone is here.
I suppose part of today, obviously it is in your honour, but it proves
that London goes ahead. Whatever else is happening, things are
organised beautifully? You are right. London goes ahead. Everybody
has the chance to express their views and all views will be
listened to. David I will let you continue. Here
is the Lady Mayoress. I wanted to ask you, a chance to tell me about
your rather magnificent outfit? This is made by a company in
Carlisle. It is English tweed. It is beautiful. England makes
beautiful clothes, so it is fantastic.
Did you take a lot of time and choose things appropriate for this
today? Yes, I did. I wanted to say that England has fantastic produce.
They have stunning colours. I have wonderful gloves, made by the
Glovers for me. By a wonderful man called Guy Shields.
Very happy for you. I shall let you enjoy the rest of the parade. Thank
you very much. The Lord Mayor, he is certainly
enjoying himself. So is the whole of his family. He has all of his
children and grandchildren here today.
There is the 131 independent Commando Squadron. We thought that
Clare would be riding that bike, going around in circles! But she is
busy doing other things. If you can work out how that works,
you are a better man than I am! The Royal Engineers providing huge
engineering support to all of the We saw the Royal Marines Reserve
being awarded their service medals earlier on today.
This morning they escorted the Lord Mayor, originally on the river as
he started his Lord Mayor's Day to HMS President at Tower Bridge.
Now they are back on dry land in support of this Lord Mayor's Show.
I'm sure that Lloyds Register took a lot of interest in what was going
on the river this morning. They've been registering ships and
There are the Sea Cadet Corps. The Herne Bay Sea Cadet Corps.
The band master there, Ally Davis. As well as some of the regular
servicemen and women, and the reservists, of course, the Mayor's
Show always has a huge number of youngsters from all over the
country, not just here in London. They come here as part of the cadet
force's representing the education as well.
One of the big features of any volunteering parade is always rb of
course, St John's Ambulance. They have over 23,000 volunteers all
over the country. They always provide huge support for behind the
scenes. And another organisation that we
are so proud to see representing young people as well as some of the
older ones too. There we have an octopus here! That
is from ASDAN. An organisation that promotes skills for learning for
employment and skills for life as well. Helping the world achieve
mother is their slogan. -- helping the world achieve more
is their slogan. They operate all over the world, not just here in
London. This year they have just started
some of their voluntary work in China and in India too.
Well, one of the original livery companies were the Merchant Tail
Taylors. That belongs to the km -- Army Air
Corps. The Worshipful Company of Merchant
Taylors is 450 years old. Well, it would be a surprise if the
Olympics were not reflected in some way in this year's parade. We have
two livery Olympians with us now. Tony Bursell was a rower in the
past Games, what do you think in your experience in the London Games
will be like? Total different now. We had back then food rationing and
they have six abreast, whereas we road three abreast. You are a
member of which company? Brewer's Company.
And David, you had enormous Olympic experience? I finished sixth in the
end when I was competing, but it was a wonderful opportunity.
This is fantastic. I wouldn't miss this for the world. Would you?
I'm just a bit sad that you are not riding though? I am grateful not to
be riding, to be honest. That's a fair point. Enjoy the show.
David Broom won a couple of bronze medals in' 68 in Mexico. We saw a
glimpse of Ed Coode, the Gold Well, they are still pouring
through the Lord Mayor's Appeal Archway.
Action for Kids. That is in support of so many
children in London. They are supported today by Radio
Taxis. They are a national charity working
with kids. They work with kids all over the country, but especially
here in London. Some of those cars are quite
special too. They are just coming around the corner.
They are all electric! There is a tremendous atmosphere here just
going past Mansion House. Pan Nation there and their steel band.
Some of the people on the balcony That is Dogcilla, that is,
representing the docks Trust. Makes people smile all along the route. -
- the Dogs Trust. Don't forget, if you are watching this in London,
you still have time to come down and watch this in the flesh, as it
were. There will be the fireworks at 5pm. This is a big week for
London. The Festival of Remembrance And a massive weekend for The Royal
British Legion. Everybody, absolutely everybody, applauding
the British Legion. Then 90th anniversary year. -- there.
CLARE BALDING: Look at this. Very flowery, very beautiful. This is
showing off the Colours of the Philippines, and there is an
actress with me from Holby City. Why are you with the Colours of the
Philippines? I am here were present in the Philippines as I am from
there myself. There are 250,000 people from the Philippines living
in London and it is a very cultural society. Is your profit a
traditional Filipino outfit? There are so many and this is from the
southern part. It is very ornate, full of jewellery. I imagine you
are getting the most fantastic reception? Absolutely. We are
having a lovely time. Our float was designed by a man who also designed
one of the Olympic coins, and we are collaborating with so many
Filipinos, the Filipino community. You can see the dance troupe behind
us. You are very, very well represented and this is a
magnificent float. Thank you very As we look at Paraiso School of
Samba, this is where to get colour If you are interested in this
school of samba, they have got workshops in Hammersmith and
Brixton, available to everybody. I am not sure I would look so good in
a bikini! Anne Shaw David Wootton has broken out -- I am not sure if
David Wootton has broken out into doing a samba yet but everybody
I just saw the Combined Cadet Force going through the picture, being
followed by the Worshipful Company of Marketors. They aim to promote
marketing as a force for economic and public benefit in their 90th,
well, they are number 90, in the City of London at royal livery
Companies Act. It now has 100 made livery companies altogether. It is
amazing, the amount of history this Lord Mayor's Show produces every
The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers in that beautiful three-
When you are talking about millions raised for charity, the next float
it marching past the Mansion House is very well known to many people.
The Variety Club of Great Britain. 60 years, they have been raising
millions of pounds, particularly, of course, on their Sunshine Coast
programme. That started way back in 1962. Since then, they have raised
enough money to provide 5,000 of This charity has raised over �200
million. That is in the last six decades. A phenomenal amount of
money! There's somebody enjoying themselves but you must not get too
And now community policing and their cycle team. Not a daredevil
cycling team but these guys and girls have a primary function all-
over this the of London, providing high visibility and rapid response.
-- over the City of London. CLARE BALDING: one thing I find
remarkable about the Lord Mayor's Show is how the horses cope with it.
This is Desirable stop this is your 20th Lord Mayor show, equalling the
record of Dominic. He is lovely, this horse. He has been treating me
well. Who has been giving you riding lessons? I am very lucky. I
have been taught by one of the best riding instructors there is. We
have worked quite hard and hopefully I am confident in doing
the things I need to do him parade. I have to say, you look even more
magnificent up there. It could be 150 years ago, 200 years ago, and
that is the way the parade is. Thank you. That is very kind. It is
great tradition but it has lots of lovely modern elements as well. And
we have had great weather. Here The parade carries on for some
hours yet, so for many spectators, a lot to look forward to. But as
the Pageantmaster said, it is a mixture of the old and the very,
very new as well, to celebrate the election of the next Lord Mayor of
London. And what a year he has to CLARE BALDING: yes, as Paul says,
an extraordinary year, including the Paralympics, the Olympics, the
Cultural Olympiad, the Diamond Jubilee. I was talking earlier and
he said it was very important that every boy is in London was heard.
The Lord Mayor will now make his way to the will cause of justice
and the parade starts again at 1pm down the embankment and makes its
way back here to Mansion House, and also have a fantastic fireworks
Clare Balding meets some of the 6,500 parade participants and Paul Dickenson sets the scene as the BBC celebrates the installation of the 684th Lord Mayor of London. A pageant of colour and carnival, as horses, motor vehicles, marching bands and half a million spectators join the Lord Mayor and his glorious State Coach in the world's largest un-rehearsed parade through the streets of London.