2013 The Lord Mayor's Show


Chris Hollins and Helen Skelton present as London celebrates the arrival of its 686th lord mayor, with the world's largest unrehearsed parade through the city's streets.

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Hello and welcome to the Lord Mayor's Show. I am on the balcony of


Mansion House, an 18th-century building with a very colourful


past. Once upon a time, Sylvia Pankhurst, the famous suffragette


was imprisoned here. Thankfully, things have changed significantly


since then. These days it is the official home of the Lord Mayor of


London right in the heart of the City. It is from this balcony the


new Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf, will take in the parade. It will be an


collect the mix. There will be a rumba, a camel and eight collection


of sizzling sausages. Yes, it has begun to pour with rain but we do


not care because this is where the action will take place. As you can


see, we have the military already here. This is the guard of honour


provided by the London Regiment. We have the Chief of defence staff here


to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant. Fiona Woolf is the new


Lord Mayor of London, only the second woman in history to hold that


office. I have not seen her yet but one man who will be the first to


spot her is Paul Dickenson up there. Good morning, everybody. From my


vantage point right here I will be looking at Princes Street waiting


for the coach to arrive here. The parade itself does not start until


about 11 o'clock. But already you can sense the atmosphere is


beginning to build. If you are not here but you still want to be part


of this day you can e-mail us. Send us your questions or good luck


messages and we will do our best to get as many on-screen as we can.


Fiona Woolf was sworn in yesterday during the silent ceremony, the


ceremony where nobody speaks except the new Lord Mayor. This morning is


a chance for the City to present itself to Fiona, a colourful


reminder that the Square Mile is not just about bankers and brokers. It


is home to a mix of people from all kinds of backgrounds.


We were in Iraq in 2006. We got caught by an IED on a routine


patrol. Liner low, lost a leg -- Lionel O Connor. I felt down there


and just felt my bone. The difference that Coming Home has made


to my life is very big. I could not get into my flat. I can now get out


of my front door without the step being their straight into my car.


Coming Home has definitely made a big difference. We work with


different communities in a creative way to enable them to have a


platform to tell their stories and have some fun. They gave me a chance


to really show what I can really do. It has given me great confidence and


a lot of friends. We focus on three areas, adults with learning


disabilities and women who have faced violence. We provide them with


a social network and a friendship network. They are more confident.


There is a big thing about independence. They are beginning to


decide things for themselves. It is a new world, it is a family. They


have created their instruments out of recycled materials and they


create up the vibrant music. It is a really great opportunity. Their


friends and family can see them doing something like this which they


may have never thought they could do. I am going to be a little bit


nervous but it will make me perform very well and show people that,


yes, I have achieved. We want to present them as performers and not


just people with disabilities. Millions of people staring at us, it


is just an amazing experience. I cannot wait!


There is the first sight of this amazing coach pulling up in front of


Mansion House. There is the new Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf, the 686 Lord


Mayor of London. She becomes the second woman to take the role as


head of the City of London. The first was Mary Donaldson back in


1983. We just saw an example of the amazing work carried out by some of


the thousands of people living and working in the City. The final


pieces of the jigsaw are now falling into place. You can follow


everything on the official Twitter page. The Lord Mayor has already


been tweeting this morning. She is certainly looking forward to this


occasion. The pageant to Dominic Reid presiding over his 22nd Lord


Mayor's Show gets proceedings underway. The coach moves off, just


for the time being. We will see that later on. The commanding officer of


the guard of honour, the London Regiment, being presented to the


Lord Mayor. Rupert Pim has been the commanding officer since 2012. He is


a regular Welsh Guards officer. He escorts the new Lord Mayor over to


the guard of honour. She doffs her tricorn hat to the


guard commander. There is the guard of honour. Major Ian Buchanan is


right at the front of that parade. The two colours that you can see in


the background are the Queen's Colour and the regimental colours.


She will be escorted along the ranks of the guard of honour and what a


wonderful moment it is for them. The regiment has supported the Lord


Mayor's Show routinely since its formation and its current structure


since 1993, last providing the guard of honour a couple of years ago in


2011. It was originally formed in 1908, combining 26 battalions to


make it the largest regiment in the British Army.


What we are seeing here is a reserve unit on parade. They come from all


walks of life. What unites them is dedication. To be a successful


reservist requires commitment and professionalism. The London Regiment


is the only regiment recruited and based wholly within London. It is


representative of the City. We recruit across the population of


London. It is diverse. I have everything from solid builders and


labourers, plasterers, rocket scientists, a number of civil


servants, a number of extra regular soldiers and everything between. I


do not think there is a stereotypical London soldier and I


am grateful for that. I have been in the London Regiment for eight years


now. The skills learned in the Army are able to be transferred into a


school environment. You have to change tactics with the children as


you do on the battlefield in training. The students at my school


have had a positive influence on the fact I am in the reserves and they


show a lot of interest in being a soldier in the future. This has


given me confidence. I was having difficulties settling down. The


London Regiment is already part of my family. I will continue to be


there. The Army now is based on a integrated force, that is regulars


and reservists working alongside each other. It is important that the


service and regulars should have the same training because they will be


participating in the same exercises and operations. There is a


commitment but there are also rewards and opportunities in terms


of training, operations, skills which can be learned and taken back


to the civilian workplace, and all of these things add to the colour of


someone's life. The covenant between myself and my soldiers and the


communities from which they are drawn across London is a really


important part of showing the regard in which my soldiers are held.


Witnessing the signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant in the


City of London absolutely reinforces the connection between the community


and the City and the Armed Forces. The inspection of the guard of


honour is almost complete. And then the mayor will be accompanied by the


pageant, to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant. The commanding


officer, Rupert Pim, wishing the new Lord Mayor the best of luck. There


is Dominic Reid. His 22nd presiding over the Lord Mayor's Show. That in


itself is an outright record. It is a shame the rain has started but


everyone is looking very cool, calm and collected there. She is going to


meet the Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton.


Signing the covenant and that is the last piece of the London jigsaw. 32


boroughs in London. 31 have so far signed the Armed Forces Community


Covenant. The City of London is the last one. The community being


encouraged to look out for and respect members past, present and


future of the armed services and the members of the Armed Forces are


encouraged to put back into the community the skills and values they


have learned while in service. The covenant has to address a number of


specific areas, welfare, health, employment, housing and recognition.


Now heading up towards the top of the Mansion House. She will sit and


enjoy her Lord Mayor's Show. Her appeal this year is called the


energy to transform lives. It consists of four charities, Princess


Alice Hospice, Beating Bowel Cancer, Raleigh International and


Working Chance. Her slogan is the energy to transform lives. I do not


think there is any doubt that all of those charities help to do that.


I mentioned the fact that the Lord Mayor was tweeting little bit


earlier. It is not actually her who is doing the tweeting, it is the


sword bearer. The sword bearer, James North has been doing the


tweeting on behalf of the Lord Mayor. This is James' first year as


sword bearer. He is just at the back there. The mace bearer is there as


well. And Dominic Reid is just making his way over to the archway


which will signal the start of the parade.


Just on the corner of Princes Street as they come round in front of


Mansion House. We are waiting for the arrival of the band of the Scots


Guards, supported by the band of the Coldstream Guards. Remember, if you


do want to contact us or you want to wish somebody good luck who is


taking part in the parade, you can e-mail us.


The pageant signals the start of the Lord Mayor's Show 2013. -- the


pageant. Just after the band, we've seen the


Commander of the City of London and these magnificent cars supporting


women in the city and live Errie. And livery. The first time women in


the city have had a float in the Lord Mayor's Show. They are


delighted, of course, to have Fiona Woolf as the Lord Mayor this year.


James, explain the camel? The grocers company started with the


trading of spices. They were transported from Asia to Britain on


camel trains. You are one of the oldest companies? Yes, we are. We go


back to the 12th century. Was it difficult to get a camel into the


city of London? Fairly. A camel is classed as a Class 1 dangerous wild


animal. We had a lot of issues getting the right permissions to


have it on the show. I better let you stay the with camel. Good luck,


James. If you look behind the float, you can see the grocers really are


proud of their heritage. They are really representing the camel trade.


There is 10 # livery companies and the grocers are number two on the


list behind the mercers. Until Raise The spice of life goes right in


front of the Mansion House. This float representing the grocers'


heritage. Already, there's such a fantastic


atmosphere here. The parade is not yet five minutes old.


The city of London splays terse' company, I'm joined by Gareth. What


is going on, sir? We are representing the city of London


solicitors' company. We are delighted to be here to represent


Fiona Woolf. Are you proud of her? Do you know her? A little, not as


well as some. The second female ever to hold office. What is this float


all about? It is very colourful? Fiona is an energy lawyer. We are


switched on lawyers in every sense. You are representing what? I'm wind,


obviously! I might leave you then. I'm looking for a bit of light and


sunshine. Thank you very much. Have a great time.


Thank you. You as well. There's a few live balls, it might


be raining. You don't mind if it is raining? No. What have you seen


which has taken our eye? Camel and lots of other things. What made you


want to come and see this? All the fun and the beautiful costumes.


There are plenty of beautiful costumes and beautiful music. You


got very excited when a young band from Romford went by? I did, indeed,


they are we will worth support. They work hard, practice hard, been in


the parade many years. They'll be on parade again tomorrow for the


remembrance services. They are doing Romford proud. We've loads to see.


We'll take you through all the action. I just got a little shower,


as if it's not wet enough! #4 Just going through the picture was


the worshipful Company of Wax Charmers. The youngsters that laty


was talking about is the Romford scam drum and Trumpet Corp.


The Worshipful Company of builders merchants there.


53 years old is the company now. It aims to support UK builders and


plumbers. And building merchants too.


Six vehicles in total in that float. Including the hand cart. And horses,


of course, a massive feature of today's parade.


So, fun and games on the float. Everybody looking above us at the


moment for two merlin helicopters that are flying over.


Just caught a glimpse of one there as it disappears.


Almost in a westerly direction. There they go. They've come from RAF


Benson this morning. They flew over the Queen Elizabeth stadium on their


way here. There's the band of the Royal Air Force.


The Royal Air Force march past. A familiar sound at these sort of


occasions. The band viteae RAF College. 40 musicians altogether.


The College band musicians are required to support forces on


operations abroad. So, the old and the new marching this morning.


Well, it may be raining but the sun's shining here. This is the


President of the Caporales San Simon lopped rest. We are trying to engage


a bit of our culture, Latin America, to the European and English culture.


Part of the culture is this beautiful dance. What is it called?


Caporales. It involves dramatic steps. I've noticed the skirt. Tell


me what your movement is and I'll try to help out. Basically, you try


to step side, step side, side centre, side. Wait, centre first of


all, side, twice, centre, side twice, centre. You'll miss the show


if I try to get this. Look at this, this is fantastic! Thank you so


much. I want you to carry on with the show. Go and meet the Lord


Mayor. # It is all go here. That's the float


of Spare Tyre. . And Raleigh International is one of the L


Mayor's charities. They do such beautiful work all over the world.


Just behind, Look over your shoulder. What exactly is going on


here? Caporales San Simon Londres these are tasks being carried


was selection tough for you? It was challenging but fun. These guys are


in the early stage of their career? I have just finished my third year.


Enjoyed this exercise, literally and metaphorically.


All of the air cadets aged between 13 and 19 years old.


I'm surprisingly, I got thrown out of the Bolivian dancing grip so I


thought I would catch up with some of the crowd. I want you to meet the


Webster family who are bit soggy. When did you first come and see this


show? 17 years ago when we first arrived in this country. Where are


you from? South Africa. Is this your first time back for 17 years? We


were supposed to come again but one year I was on crutches and last year


it was raining. The kids are older so I thought they would enjoy it


now. What is your name? Jessica. What do you think of the show? Yes.


What do you think of it so far? It was quite good. Are you enjoying the


sunny weather? Yes. That is what I like to see, people who have done


their rehearsals and remembered their lines. Enjoy the show.


Good on them. We are just having a look at the worshipful come in a of


tax advisers, believe it or not. When I was getting ready this


morning, these guys were getting dressed outside of my bedroom, for


some reason. I could not see any girls in baths though. And there go


the London Regiment just filtering through in front of us at Mansion


House. There they are. They are accompanying the parade.


The only reserve regiment in the Guards Divison and they provide


soldiers to reinforce five regiments altogether on operations worldwide.


It is the only Army reserve infantry based in London. They also get


recruits from all over Greater London as well.


This national battalion has units all over the UK. They have two bases


in the south of London, -- the South of England, one at White city where


the BBC was and one in South Mitcham. They are cosy and warm this


morning. This unit was an amalgamation of two others a few


years ago. As far as the crowds are concerned this morning, we have


every age group, both sexes and the numbers, despite the weather, are


absolutely massive. Keep the messages coming in. We have had some


great messages so far this morning. Fiona Woolf is looking on,


absolutely delighted, I expect, with proceedings so far. Her husband is


just to the left-hand side of her, the of the Lord Mayor. -- the


consort. Can you tell us what Cherished


Memories is all about? We create days which you cannot buy. These are


my super heroes today. They have all dressed up. Why did you go for the


superhero 's theme? The theme was energy and these are children with


energy to give. Two of our super heroes are here. You had a brain


tumour and that is when you got involved with the charity. Tell me


about the days out you have had with them. I have been hot-air


ballooning. We went to Formula one. They create so many amazing memories


for families. I understand that you two twins are good support for each


other. How close are you? We are really close, we are like best


friends. We have been through everything so it is hard not to be.


I hope today is as much fun for you. You have had some emotional days,


how does this compare? It is amazing. To be part of this


opportunity, it is crazy. Nice to meet you, Joshua and Rebecca, two of


the many super heroes flying the flag for Cherished Memories today.


The Lord Mayor's Show is getting quite packed at the moment. A giant


articulated lorry which the spectators are watching. It looks


like there are a lot of spectators on board as well. That is all about


the charity we have just been talking about. They aim to create


fun and unusual days out for families and children suffering from


terminal illness. The Corps of Drums Society cheering


everybody up in the pouring rain here.


This is a familiar sight at the Lord Mayor's Show. The offering being


offered up to the new Lord Mayor. A late breakfast for Fiona Woolf. It


is a basket of food to make sure she is fully nourished for a busy day


ahead. It is probably one of the 3000 sausages that we have been


hearing about earlier on. Thank you very much. We are just


making our way here. I have just bumped into Christian Prudhomme from


the Tour de France. The Tour de France is being welcomed to


Yorkshire, I'm trying to work out the connection to London. It is the


second time only from Great Britain and we were in London in 2007. We


will have two stages in Yorkshire from Leeds to Harrogate and then on


to London. I have got the connection now. Why Yorkshire? Because it is


gorgeous! It will be a stunning landscape and scenery for the tour


and we will have two very different stages. One for the sprinters to


Harrogate. You have very good sprinters in Great Britain. Yes, we


like our sprinters! Then there will be the best of the pack, a very


hilly stage. Everyone in London loves when the Tour de France comes


here. Are you loving being part of this wonderful historic moment? Yes,


we are happy to be in London, we will be happy to be in Yorkshire


next year. It is exciting. Thank you very much for sparing the time.


Enjoyed yourself and we will see you in the summer.


Sheila Ferguson has tweeted in and ask us, how can a lady be a Lord.


The answer is quite simple in that it is the position that is known as


the Lord Mayor of London, instead of Lady Mayoress, it is the Lord


Mayor's position whether you are a man or a woman. I hope that answers


your question. We have just seen the Welcome to Yorkshire float go past


with a famous man inside, a five-time winner of the Tour de


France. Some very cold kids there watching a


spectacular Lord Mayor's Show. That is Keele University. It has the


biggest campus in the UK and it has students from over 120 countries


worldwide. Fiona Woolf, the connection here is she graduated


from Keele in 1970 with a degree in law and psychology. She certainly


seems to be enjoying herself. The former Lord Mayor is standing to her


left hand side. He went through all of this last year.


The Guild of the Royal Hospital of Saint Bartholomew. They have been


offering support to patients since 1911. In actual fact, it is


celebrating 890 years since its foundation back in 1123. Both Fiona


Woolf's father and brother trained at Barts. They are followed by the


Isle of Sheppey St John Ambulance band.


They are followed by the St John Ambulance float, saving site,


changing lives. That is the order of the day today.


The charity has got more than 44,000 members nationwide. The I Hospital


charity is the only one providing support for people in Gaza and


Jerusalem. Daniel de Spaniel is in there somewhere, he is leading us


out today along with Buddy, Paddy and Missy. They carried out a stray


dog survey back in September revealing 110,000 dogs are reported


every year. I'm with one of the noisiest groups


of the day, Variety. Now, that was a high kick. You are the chief Barker.


What does that mean? I run the office. I look at all the fund


raising initiatives, try to raise as much money for the children as I


can. Explain what Charity does? We've over 5,300 coaches on the


road, we're about to build a new ?25 million hospital at King's as an


ex-tense to our existing one. The former chief Barker, you're hear


with your grandson. It is a real family affair. How did you manage to


get your children involved? They realise it is very important that


kids have to be in a position to help other kids when they can. What


do you do? I do fund-raising. Christmas Day I organise raffles. It


is really great fun. How old are you? 15. I started when I was 12.


Hello. You help as well? I help quite a bit. I do fund-raising and


other things. It seems like you guys are having loads of fun. I need to


gallop you on. You're falling behind your group. Connie's the human


sheepdog, she needing to round them up. I need to. Thankfully they've


been doing it for years and years. They nose to catch up and make a mad


dash when they need to. You need to make a mad dash. People come here


year after year. Who cares about the rain. We're having a laugh, Chris.


We are, look at that float. We've a drum shaped like a toilet roll.


Chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer. The message is clear, we


want to get these signs early on. Look in the toilet? The message is


clear, don't be shy. Nine out of ten will survive if you catch bowel


cancer early. It is about raising awareness. Toilet rolls for drums,


loo brushes for sticks. Don't be shy about talking about it? No, your


life depends on it. Don't be embarrassed. Someone's diagnosed


every 15 mins in the UK with bowel cancer. We have to beat it. This


drumming is about beat Beating Bowel Cancer. You're beating that loudly.


The message got home to you? Absolutely. I was diagnosed about


bowel cancer last year in March 2012. It was an early diagnosis. I


got treatment for it. As a result, I'm here today beating this drum


trying to spread the word. Get early diagnosis and you'll get the


treatment you require immediately. Stephen and Mark, thank you for


joining us. Beat that drum. Don't be shy, look out and get the diagnosis


early. Beat bowel cancer! We're still with the Variety


children's charity float. We'll go back to see the bowel cancer drums


being beaten loudly. The message is act on the simple


tons don't be shy. -- sum symptoms. I have to say, this


parade here today is one of the loudest, most colourful Lord Mayor's


Shows I've ever seen. It is fabulous. Just had a brief glimpse


of St Dunstone's College Corps of Drums.


Aam with the children's TV legend Johnny Ball. Hello. We didn't


calculate the weather. This is the ac actuaries float. They determine


what happens to finances in the future. These kids are dying maths


on the hoof today. What are they doing? I'll show you. 14 times 49?


686. I never thought maths was fun, but you're smiling and doing maths?


I really like it. It's a good subject. You're having a good time?


I'm really enjoying it. Johnny, are you confident there are significant


mathematicians in this part of London? The kids are wonderful. They


turn out of the other end of education wonderful. They are


fabulous. We should stop worrying and stop pressuring them. That's the


secret of maths. You're making these kids do sums and smile. Thanks


Johnny. Two, four, six eight, who do we appreciate? ACT uarise! They can


do sums and they can spell. Goodbye, guys. Have a good day.


Some of the actuaries looking cool, calm and collected, the others


getting very excited with Johnny Ball.


This is all about recycling. So, recycling in the city is the


message. Somewhere in amongst that lot we've


lots of drummers who found fame at the London 2012 Olympic closing


ceremony and what a day that was. Four-and-a-half metres tall is the


robot there, built from wheelie bins and all sorts of rubbish.


Not sure we've ever seen anything like this before in the Lord Mayor's


Show. That's the C AA bus inspired by sir


Peter Blake, CCA, sorry. The pop art bus which was Peter Blake's


brainchild. I've just gone out of the rain. I'm


surrounded by very important people. The most important person of them


all, the right honourable Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf.


Congratulations? Thank you very much. What a great day. Everyone's


ignoring the rain. It is full of energy. I set the theme of energy of


life. There is so much, you could do the whole of the Olympic Games


again. There are 7,000 people taking part in this. They are doing all


sorts of themes that are relevant. Recycling, Ke, le University's give


the world a hug. Fantastic creativity. Take me back to the


first time you came to London to work. I've seen a few colleagues of


yours down there, did you ever think you'd be dressed like this waving at


this wonderful parade? Absolutely not. The city of London sent me all


over the world, 14 countries later standing in the Mansion House.


That's the city of London for you. It is a huge platform for global


careers. Look at the global talent we have here. How important is it


for you, as a woman, to be Lord Mayor of London? It is a very


special moment. It is 30 years ago since we had the first Lord Mayor.


People keep saying you're only second. I like being second. It


shows there's Sis stain ability of women in a senior role --


sustainability. You have another important day tomorrow? We have. It


is Remembrance Sunday. It is a big moment both in St Paul's Cathederal


and in the laying of wreaths. And acknowledging the fantastic


contribution that all our Armed Forces, our men and women, make.


Particularly, the reservists. The city of London have just signed a


covenant with the reservists to support, honour and celebrate their


fantastic achievements. You have a connection with the Guard of Honour?


I'm provide to be a member of the council of the London Regiment. They


are my family. I'll catch up with you later. I don't want you to miss


anything. Back to Paul. Thank you.


As the parade continues with 256 Field Hospital we heard just there


about the festival of remembrance tomorrow. Tonight, actually, there


is a firework display, just after the return parade, shortly after


this the Lord Mayor goes off to receive a blessing at St Paul's


Cathederal. And then, eventually when the parade returns, around


about 3 or 4.00 this afternoon, there should be, whether permitting,


a firework display which you can see if you come down to Waterloo. It was


cancelled last year because of the weather. And the weather's not too


good today. The 151 (London) Transport Regiment. London's only


Transport Regiment. Takes part in the show every year. Not only


providing a float but managing the moment of the whole procession.


Believe me, that is a very difficult job indeed.


Another question that's just been tweeted. From Russell Rower asking


who was number one in the livery companies? It was the mothersers.


There are 109 livery companies altogether. The mothersers, grocers,


drapers, fish mongers, etc, all part of the original group of 12. They


were known as the Great 12. They were formed almost 1,000 years ago


now. This is the best smelling float. I'm


on board a steam train. As far as we know, it is the last steamroller to


work. It retired in 1983. It was made in 1825. In probably better


health than me. I believe she's called Joan? It is. It retired known


as Ruth. It was renamed Joan in this tradition that the driver would name


the engine after his wife. OK, well done, Joan. I'll jump down and talk


to one of your colleagues. Thank you, Paul. This could be dangerous.


There we go! Stunts as well at the Lord Mayor's Show. I understand you


guys have yourselves a pig. Bow down, explain to me what's happening


on your float. You're representing the Master Paviers. In the old days


in 131 15, they had to remove the pigs from the streets of London.


Today, we've a few pigs with us. Today, we're having fun and showing


you about the pigs that ran the streets of London. There is all


kinds of chaos today. No pigs running around. If you cast your eye


over this float, you can see the guys are building a road as they go


along. Brilliant stuff. A little gap


between Joan here and the Radio Taxis group ahead of them. The giant


steamroller, which needs permission to go over the Bank junction because


of the all the stations under the junction of Underground stations at


Bank here. It needs permission to get along here. The Worshipful


Company of Paviors on their way. These are taxis from years gone by.


As Austen FX3. Including Mercedes Veto and the taxi right at the back.


Age UK and its float theme is the energy of life. That ties up


perfectly with the Lord Mayor's theme.


We're still with the Lord Mayor of London. You enjoyed the pig floating


by? Absolutely. It is feeling topsy-turvy but it's doing well. A


brilliant show. This is where your year now starts. Can you tell us


what your role is? You're a dedicated ambassador for the whole


of the UK services sector. So, I'll travel around the UK picking up the


fantastic services like energy services in Aberdeen, maritime in


Liverpool, asset time in Edinburgh. City of London is so much more than


financial services. I travel with business delegations opening doors


for them to bring business to them. Looking for contracts. HORN BLOWS I


think that was for you! How do you approach it any differently than say


the previous Lord Mayor? Well, there's continuity, obviously. But


then there we value difference too. As I have a background in energy and


infrastructure and the world needs a lot of services. The lack of


infrastructure holds economic development back, the countries I


worked in, it holds social development back, children can't


learn, hospitals can't save lives. It is such an important need of


society right now and for long-term financing for these needs. I'm


bringing that to the party this year. Wonderful. Thank you very much


for sparing the time. We wish you the very best of luck for the next


12 months and enjoy your show. I have more people to wave at.


Fantastic. Thank you. There will certainly with lots of


reffing over the next year as we see the Royal Yeomanry go past us.


Excite p ent in the streets and in the outs /* What's caught your eye?


The dogs. Those dogs looked drenched. Have you got a dog? Yeah.


I didn't envy those dogs out here in the rain. You guys have come as a


family. What makes you come every year to see the Lord Mayor's Parade?


We love it. Come with children, grandchildren. Doesn't matter if


it's raining. You stay until the end of the parade? Yes. They were


dancing and jigging. A party atmosphere in the streets. Thank


you, ladies. Enjoy your day. The rain tipping down now. It hasn't


dampened the spirits of anybody. We've had another tweet in, what


quays tea /* -- what's the difference between the Lord Mayor of


London and the Mayor of London? Boris Johnson is the Mayor of


Greater London. The Lord Mayor looks after just the City of London.


That's the crucial thing. No doubt about the Aston Martin's


being presented on behalf of the coach makers. What a collection of


cars, my goodness. Document solutions, 25 staff there


from all over the UK. It is a leading global document and printing


company. Their first year in the Lord Mayor's Show. 25 years they've


been in the UK. I have got to be very careful here,


this is Zunft Zur Zimmerleuten Band. They are presenting the Worshipful


Company of Joiners and Ceilers. There are 44 members of the band


here from the Swiss Guild of Carpenters, the sister company of


the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers. They are here with


their brass band. Certainly a very strong representation.


Dominic, the pageant master, I know you have got a lot on your plate at


the minute so thank you for talking to us. You have been involved in the


pageant for a long time. I have been doing the job for 22 years. I took


over from my father when he died. He did 20 years. Happily, they are not


all as wet as this one. Today, I have a daughter who is singing in


the choir at Saint Pauls. How does two-day compare with other years. We


have fantastic crowds. We have got more float signed up this year than


ever before. They signed up extra quickly. There is a really positive


interest in the show which is amazing. What you think Fiona Woolf


will bring to the table? I think she will be fantastic. She was very


bright and engaging. I think it is fantastic to have a woman Lord


Mayor. How do think the parade is going, whether aside? It always


slows down in wet weather because people look down. But fantastic, it


is running race smoothly and everyone is having a good time. Do


things end with the last float? No, we swear allegiance to the sovereign


and then we will be back at 2:30pm and in the evening there will be a


firework display. I hope you can relax and enjoy things then. Enjoy


the rest of the day. I have got the wrong hack. -- hat. It is good in


the rain. Poor rolled Dominic is looking a bit


wet this morning. -- Poor rolled Dominic.


I think we would all like to be up there under the covers. I would like


to introduce you to the Chief Executive of Working Chance, Jocelyn


Hillman. Tell me a bit about it. We are a charity and we are a


specialist recruitment consultancy for women offenders say that when


they come out of prison they can find jobs to support themselves and


their children. How difficult is it for offenders to come out and find a


job? It is very difficult. The barriers they face are enormous. We


educate employers to get them to see that women with convictions are just


like any other mothers and daughters, they want to get jobs to


support their families. You want it to stop, it is not a generational


thing. Most of the women are single mothers and they had children to


bring up and they need jobs so they can be active members of society.


Who is this next to you nodding and smiling? This is a need. I


registered with the charity and they helped me find a job and they


changed my life. They are an amazing charity. That is why I am here


today. How difficult was it for you to find a job? Very difficult. I


came out with aspirations to find a job at it is not that easy. Without


the help of charities like Working Chance it is really tough. I have


got you into another parade here I am that slow. Thank you very much.


Have a wonderful day and keep up the great work. Nice to meet you.


It is fair to say you get carried along with this. I find myself


marching in step and the cameraman is doing it as well. Tell me about


you guys. We are the Napoleonic Society of Great Britain and our


section of the parade is sponsored by the Belgian Tourist Board to mark


the commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo. We are expecting


re-enactors and spectators from all over the world. You take it very


seriously, everything is done down to the tee. Each individual regiment


researches their uniforms and puts a lot of effort and money to reproduce


in an accurate re-creation of the uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars. It


has paid off because you all look fantastic. I look like I am taking


the Nick marching but I am not, I cannot help it, it is the drum.


The Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London representing freemasons all


over the world has just gone through. And these are some very


brave men and women. The gentleman is in the front is


wearing that remarkable jacket which protect them. He will be very hot


indeed. Everybody is represented here today.


217 Field Squadron now. They are showcasing its search role with


metal detectors and the bomb disposal vehicle as well.


Their City of London is the bus there. -- der City of London. They


are a charitable life skills education provider for children,


helping them make informed decisions for the year ahead about things like


drugs and school. And now the band of Her Majesty's


Royal Marines Collingwood. A stirring rendition of Hearts of


Oak precedes the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines. The Royal Marines are


celebrating their 350th anniversary next year with events right through


the year. Royal Marines Collingwood being led


by their director of music Sergeant Peter Curtis and the drum Major


Colin Brown. The Royal Marines reserve from the City of London.


There are around 600 trained ranks and they are all distributed


throughout the five reserve centres in the UK in London, Bristol,


Mersey, the Tyne and Glasgow. 10% of them are working on regular Royal


Marines on long-term attachments. The Sea Cadets call. They trace


their history back to 1856. Just looking at notes about the


Royal Marines, ten members had just completed a speed marching record.


Below your whistle. -- lo your whistle. You see, everybody is


getting into the carnival atmosphere. Whistles, drums,


everything goes on the streets of London.


As the Sea Cadets disappear into the distance, we have an important body,


Trinity House, the General Lighthouse authority for England,


Wales and the Channel Islands. It was founded in 1514 by Henry VIII.


2014 will represent its 500th anniversary.


The Lloyd's Register is coming up behind them.


It is still pouring down with rain but we don't care, do we? We do not


care at all. We are enjoying ourselves. It is 25 years since she


joined the City of the solicitors company. You are Sheila Robinson. I


am chairman of the club which Fiona is president of. This is a magic


moment because you can go and waves. She is waving back at you, isn't


that fantastic. Can you believe she is the Lord Mayor of London? Yes,


because she is a very clever woman. What are her best assets? She is a


personable person and a great lawyer. She is a great energy lawyer


and this is all about the energy of life. We have candles dancing. They


are from the redcoats at school. -- redcoats school. And there is the


Sir John Cass foundation. It is a pleasure to meet you and I feel


honoured because we got a wave from the Lord Mayor of London. Thank you.


Fiona's election as Lord Mayor was the incentive for Candlewick's


involvement. I have jumped on board the Great


Ormond Street float and I have met Hayden, Georgia and Samuel. Everyone


says the nurses are lovely, you can tell me what they are really like.


They are really kind and helpful and make me feel good. You have been


smiling and waving. Hayden has been working on his ways. You keep waving


at the crowd. You have been involved in making this float, haven't you?


Yes. There is the Lord Mayor, give her a wave. What did you do? We


painted the man. Great decorating skills. Are you having fun? Yes.


Hayden has mastered it, I will work on mine.


Not a bad wave, Helen, well done. We are just having a look back at the


Candlewick ward who came by little earlier.


It is this band's first year in the show.


That is a Railway Children Transport for London float, celebrating the


150th anniversary of the London underground. Transport for London


celebrates the Railway Children's charity.


The City University of London float focusing on business and


professions. There are a couple of samba bands blasting out their


reasons throughout the City of London. And the central London


Samaritans as well. I am like a magpie drawn to a gem,


I'm drawn to happy, smiling ladies. You look like you are in your


element. We are. We are from the country and we are enjoying it. Is


this your first time at the Lord Mayor's Show? How would you describe


it? Great but wet. Apart from the rain it is fantastic. You look like


you are having a good time. What has caught your eye? Everything, we love


the horses in particular. Enjoy your day. Fingers crossed, if it's sunny


next year, they'll be back. They go back to the Central London


Samaritans now. Started in 1953 by. Their 60th anniversary.


This lot were established in 1973. Employ about 100 people across the


city of London. And in 2012, Admiral race -- raised money for local


charities. Tonight, on television, continuing


this theme, is the Festival of Remembrance, 9.15pm on BBC One. And


tomorrow, at 10.25am, we'll have the Cenatoph, of course. The fireworks


tonight, 5.00pm on Victorian embankment.


We are with the Royal British Legion float. Two members here, volunteers,


Lance Corporal Ray Jones and Chloe Oliver. You're volunteering? Yeah.


Why do you volunteer? It is good to raise awareness of the Royal British


Legion to everyone else in the country. Tell me, what do you do


when you volunteer? What do you sign up to do? We sell poppies. Help the


war veterans into their seats. Have dinners. Traditionally, there's a


strong military feel here. Do you feel proud to be part of the Lord


Mayor's Show? I like doing it. This is my second year. Have you done it


before? Yes, 12 times. It is Remember Sunday this weekend. Are


you doing anything? I'll be holding standards in the march. And


yourself? I will hold the standards and we take part in the


wreath-laying. On behalf of everyone, thank you for all you do


for us. Keep yourselves save. Such an important time of year for the


Royal British Legion, of course. The Pimlico Plumbers are becoming


regular visitors to the Lord Mayor's Show. There's 150 people out there,


including 100 dancers. And the Streets Ahead dance academy led by


one Father Christmas! We spoke to a few people from South


Africa. We've now got a French flair. Are you having fun? Yes, it


is very nice. It is the first time we've come to London to visit with


my children. It is a very nice parade. Are you enjoying a very


British morning? It doesn't speak a word of English! That was a close


one! This one is yours? Leon, are you having fun? Having a good day?


Never work with children, but we did it! We worked. Thank you very much.


Have a great day. I'm sure they're having a fabulous


day at the moment. Terry Whittingham is the senior drum major. Looking


back at the plumbers with Father Christmas.


The King's troops, the Royal horse artillery. 23 horses on parade.


The troop was born in 1946 owing the end of World War II.


#4 /* Once again, it's been a superb show


laid on by the city of London. Fiona Woolf's been smiling for the last


couple of hours and will be for many days to come. She'll shortly leave


in the golden State Coach stopping at St Paul's Cathederal for a


blessing from the Dean before swearing an oath of aliege Yanks tot


synch dsh Severn n at the Royal Courts of Justice. Then the Festival


of Remembrance tomorrow. Thank you Paul, for all your hard work. I'd


love to say thank you to all the crowds here who have made this a


special day. Lots of people got here early to get a good place. This is a


pageant that represents tradition and heritage. You can see, as you


talk to people, they are starting their own family traditions. They


are coming with grandparents, toddlers. Once you're wet, who cares


about the rain. Very British that it should rain at the very start of it.


A global event. Highlight for you? I loved the camel. But I loved the


break dancing plumbers. That's what's interesting about this. It is


very eclectic. You see horses, pageantry and then dancing camel.


That's it from us. I hope you've enjoyed it. We definitely have. Even


the dancing plumbers. See you next time. Bye-bye.




For only the second time in 800 years, the City of London welcomes a woman to the office of lord mayor. In the world's largest unrehearsed parade, the streets of London will be the stage for 21 bands, 150 horses, countless vintage cars, helicopters, robots, unicycles, dancers, beds, bathtubs, and one camel - not to mention half a million spectators.

Chris Hollins and Helen Skelton meet some of the procession's 7,000 participants as London celebrates the arrival of its 686th lord mayor. With commentary by Paul Dickenson.

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