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.
Browse content similar to 2013. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
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.