Sean Fletcher and Sonali Shah present live coverage of the world's oldest civic parade, all in honour of Charles Bowman, the 690th Lord Mayor of London.
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There's an air of excitement
in central London today
as the capital prepares
for a spectacular event and this big
Grannies are going to be some of the
With over 140 floats
plus 20 of the country's
finest marching bands,
it can only be one thing.
It's the Lord Mayor's Show!
Good morning, we are coming
to you live from the heart
of the capital waiting
for the new Lord Mayor of London
to arrive and take his place
on the balcony of Mansion House.
There are 6,500 participants in this
year's procession but don't worry,
Sonali and I are on the ground
to help guide you through this
year's event and our commentary team
are in a prime position to bring
you in-depth coverage as the
three-mile long parade passes by.
Well, it's my first time
here and it's looking pretty
impressive from up here.
I'm pleased to be joined
by ex-Marine JJ Chalmers
in the commentary box.
This is a combination, isn't it? It
is a combination of history with a
Yes, charities are on
parade and of course, there is the
military. There is 1800 military
personnel who will be passing
through here marching to the beat of
the drums. Some of the finest bands
in the world including the Household
Cavalry Mounted Regiment and it will
be quite a show.
You mentioned the
military JJ and today's parade falls
on 11th November and that is of
course, of special significance, it
is Armistice Day we take time to
remember those who died this the
many conflicts since 1914 and at
11am, before the Lord Mayor's parade
gets underway, we are going to join
the whole nation, all of us here, in
remembrance as Britain pauses for a
two minutes silence. And the lady
mayoress is our first sight on
parade. She is arriving on horse
Back and that is the first time that
has happened in over 30 years, but
she is well qualified to do it. Not
only is she a horsewoman herself,
but she is a vet. So she has a
personal connection with the
This year marks the 80th
anniversary of the first BBC
Broadcast from the Lord Mayor's
Show, back in 1937 and not many
people had televisions, and now it
is broadcast to millions of people
across the world. Sonali has been
digging through the archives.
The London skyline has changed
dramatically over the past 80 years,
yet with a carnival atmosphere mixed
with a dash of eccentricity the Lord
Mayor's Show has remained constant.
Every year throngs of people have
lined the streets to marvel a the
parade passing by. Sometimes a
famous face could be spotted in the
crowd. In 1948, it was the actress
Elizabeth Taylor. At just 16 years
old, she was already an
international star. Throughout the
years the parade has featured many
extraordinary sights. Some more
weird than wonderful!
It is straight
out of a fairytale.
military presence has always been at
the heart of the annual parade,
reflecting its historic routes. With
1968, colour splashed on to our TV
screens, bringing the military
uniforms and vibrant costumes to
A very colourful spectacle
Always picking up on the
mood of the times, moving from the
60s to the 70s, space fever gripped
The Lord Mayor's Show has always
been a celebration that encapsulates
the British spirit.
A truly family affair with each
generation bringing the next to
witness the flamboyant displays and
military precision waiting with
bated breath to see what could
possibly appear next.
And there is our first sight of the
gold Stagecoach. It weighs almost
three tonnes. The new Lord Mayor
Charles Bowman is just giving a wave
to the crowd as he comes past.
the coach cost over £1,000 at the
time of building and in today's
money that would be £120,000 which
seems like a reasonable price, but
if we tried to build one today, it
would cost over £2 million.
the oldest working ceremonial
vehicle in the world. Quite
something, it has been used at every
show since 1757.
The Lord Mayor as he arrives at
Mansion House. Of course, this is
only one part of his day. The day
began early. He began it by boarding
the Gloriana. He joined a flotilla
of 25 boats travelling down the
Thames through power bridge to HMS
President where he disembarked. He
climbed then into that gilded
carriage used for the last 260 years
to make his way there. In the past,
JJ, the Lord Mayor went to
Westminster, didn't he? He went by
Yes, the parade
itself was a flotilla and one of the
amazing facts and it shows the true
history of this is we talk about
floats and parades around the world,
but it started here, the float from
Many of the
organisations who will will be
parading today are celebrating
something special. One of them the
people's dispensary for sick animals
is here to celebrate its 100th
birthday in style. Over the last
century the PDSA has famously cared
for millions of animals across the
country, but something that isn't as
well-known is how they have been
shining a light on hero animals.
In 1917 Maria Dicken launched a
small charity called the PDSA, its
mission was to treat the sick
animals of the poor without charge.
From the very beginning, it was a
great success. Yet stories of the
animals heading into battle in World
War I played heavily on Maria's
mind. More than 16 million animals
served alongside military personnel.
Often giving their lives. Maria
wanted this to be honoured. So, in
1943 during World War II, she
created the Dicken medal, widely
acknowledged as the Victoria Cross
for animals. It is an award
internationally recognised today.
Since that time, have honoured 32
pigeons, 31 dogs, four horses and
one cat. Most recently our PDSA
Order of Merit, the order equivalent
of the OBE recognises animals who
paid distinguished service to
society. One of the first animal to
say receive the award was Obe.
received the award after the Londis
turbanses in London 2011. Obe
suffered a fractured skull as a
result of an object being thrown
from the crowd. I have worked for
Obe for six years. He has been a
soul mate and a best mate for the
time that we have been together and
he will enjoy his retirement at home
sunning himself in the garden.
Intrepid got his medal on the first
night of the riots when he came
under fire from missiles and had to
deal with burning buildings and I'm
looking forward to showing Intrepid
off at the Lord Mayor's Show. He has
worked hard for the past 11 years
and he loves big occasions. It is
the best job in the world working
with these heroes.
stories of animal bravery of the
debt owed by humans to animals. And
everyone is in place now. Everyone
in place ready for the off, but
before the off, there is going to be
the inspection of the Guard of
Honour. A lot of people have come
pretty early in the morning for this
and I have to say when we first
arrived here, the weather was JJ,
shall we say mixed?
It was mixed,
but it is beginning to clear and I
think we'll, yeah, I think it will
hold out for us.
Now, thousands of
people are taking part in the
procession itself. All of them
helping to make the event the
fantastic spectacle that it is and
Sonali and Sean are representing two
people representing different
organisations that offer support and
inspiration to ex-service people.
Yes, I'm with former corporal
Stewart Robinson who represented the
UK in wheelchair rugby at the
Invictus Games. This is your first
Lord Mayor's Show?
Yes. From what I
have seen so far, it is a
prestigious and amazing occasion.
must mean so much more to you
falling on Armistice Day today?
both counts we have got a massive
prestigious event and it seems a be
fitting tribute to the sacrifices
that so many men and women have
You represented the country at
the Invictus Games and I understand
your next big game is Tokyo 2020 and
the Paralympic Games?
the plan. Fingers crossed it will go
well. I am aiming to competing as
much as I can and the gain goal is
The best of luck with
that and enjoy the parade today. I'm
with Charmaine. You are with the
Chelsea Pensioners. What does it
feel to be like to be part of the
Lord Mayor's Show?
I must admit, sir.
And you have got
a connection to it, haven't you?
what respect, sir?
have always wanted to be part of?
Especially as a Chelsea pensioner.
Today, of course, is Armistice Day,
it is a day of remembrance, what
does remembrance signify to you?
Well, from all the years I was in
the Army to those people that died,
we are still here to represent them
and we're very proud to represent
the people that, you know, lost
their lives and we as I say, we
would never, we wouldn't be here
Of course, it's a significant
day. Very, a great day for
celebration, but a very important
day for remembrance?
is, sir and we are all proud here as
Chelsea Pensioners and we couldn't
wish for a better place to live now.
It's considered the best retirement
home in the world.
Thank you very
And we're all proud to be there.
So the Lord Mayor makes his way to
the balcony and some waves for the
crowd and some appreciation for the
crowd as he makes his way there.
This is a moment though JJ, where we
do something slightly unusual
because this is a moment, isn't it,
where the mood changes toen extent?
Yes, it is an incredibly poignant
weekend for us and it is so poignant
with Armistice falling today that a
day of celebration for both
charities, but including the
military in particular, it is such
an important occasion, but it is so
right that we stop in what is a
celebration and reflect and that
makes it sop much more poignant in
Yes. And it's an
opportunity also for everyone in
this crowd to take part and that's
the point, isn't it? It's not just
the formal ceremonial and not just
for the Lord Mayor and his guests,
it is for everyone who is lining
this parade route.
It is one of the
things I find so remarkable about
this Square Mile of the city is that
it is barely ever quiet particularly
on a day like today, it's going to,
the drums will bang and the bands
will play, but then there will be
the silence throughout it any moment
And although it is a change of mood
and although it is something that
doesn't happen in every Lord Mayor's
parade, actually, it fits rather
well, doesn't it into the hole as we
see the Lord Mayor arrive ready to
take his seat, it's something that's
a very natural part actually of
what's going on around us
particularly with all the military
Yes. There are 1800
military personnel on parade today.
That's more than Trooping the
Colour. This is truly, truly a
military occasion, but it does party
and join with the civilian
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And now we await the instructions.
Dominic Reid OBE has given his
instruction and we are under way.
This is it. The gun goes, nothing
can stop this parade now. The
streets that we can see behind us
are just lined with individuals and
floats that are ready. This is the
bottleneck point where everybody
comes together. And now this is it,
we are off and running.
No more rousing a way to get things
going, is it?
No, indeed, it's the
Coldstream Guards who'll be leading
out the parade at this point. One of
the oldest military bands in the
world. They have had continuous
service for over 200 years. They'll
be on parade again tomorrow at
remembrance and cenotaph as well.
One of the things that is really
striking about that parade is, when
we say oh, we really do mean it,
don't we, 1650 it was formed.
makes it one of the oldest regiments
in the world and that is it, you
know, this parade is 802 years old!
There are many, many countries in
the world not that old, let alone
They started with drummers
before they had an official band?
Yes. Took them 100 years or so
actually to get the official band
together in 1785. They've been
playing ever since then. Musical
support for state ceremonial
occasions. You can see them at
Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle,
changing the guard ceremonies.
of the other things you can always
expect from the Lord Mayor's show is
animals, camels, horses, donkeys,
the lot. We all know what a camel
looks like, but cast your mind back
600 years ago for the people who
lined the streets to see exotic
animals, lions and elephants have
been paraded here in the past.
camels have been brought in by the
worshipful company of Grocers and
they are here because they are the
mother company of the new Lord
Mayor. It's the first company that
he joined and they were formed by
members of the Gild who were
responsible for ensuring the purity
of spices. There we are seeing some
spices to mark that heritage.
course that would have been carried
on the camel trains traditionally.
That is why they've brought the
camels with them, I guess.
the desert Oasis, we saw some ribbon
dancers. Back to the military.
Drum and Trumpet Corps. Playing
their own tunes as they come past
Mansion House. Some told us in
advance what they're going to be,
There are the
traditional protectors of the City
of London, Gog & Magog. Put together
Fell Isly Harding is with the
Samaritans. You've got a particular
connection with your charity and the
I certainly have. The
Lord Mayor's right there, lives next
door to the church where my father
founded the Samaritans. We used to
stand on the roof with my three
triplet brothers and watch the Lord
Mayor's show every year as children.
So really special to be here. And
your father was the founder of the
Amazing. What are
you hoping to get out of today with
Oh, well the Lord
Mayor supports the Samaritans,
well-being in the City. We want to
make sure that nobody who rings has
an engaged tone so lots of people
supporting free call.
OK, thank you,
enjoy your day.
Thank you, bye-bye!
Charles Bowman, congratulations on
becoming the 690th Lord Mayor of
London. I understand this show has
meant so much to you since a young
Well, I'm thrilled, thrilled to
be here and very, very excited and
honoured about this incredible role,
690th Lord Mayor of the City of
London. You are right. As a
seven-year-old, my father worked in
the City. His father and my great
grandfather too. I remember, as a
seven-year-old, being brought to the
City of London. He had an office on
Cheapside and a view down all the
way there and, as a seven-year-old,
oh, my gosh, the colour, it was a
wet day as it often is in November
but it stuck out for me and it's
part of the catalyst I suppose of
why I'm here today.
You have chosen
a very busy, interesting time to
become a global champion of this
wonderful City with Brexit on the
Look, I say very
honestly, I'm honoured and excited.
But again in the spirit of honesty,
a little daunted. We face challenges
within our country and politically
at this time. I am very
enthusiastic, excited and honoured
to be given the opportunity to lead
this great City through this period.
I can see how much you are enjoying
being up here. What are you most
looking forward to in this wonderful
It's 700,000 people,
horses, camels, donkeys, other
animals coming through. It's a great
thrill that my wife and two
daughters are riding this year,
that's the first time that a lady
mayoress will have ridden. It's a
young person's show, so please,
throughout the course of the show,
we'll be using social media at Lord
Mayor underscore show, so please
everybody join me in that and tweet
Congratulations, thank you
Thank you very much indeed.
On the subject of social media, we
should say that we have our own
Please do get in touch with us.
Messages perhaps for people who you
know who're taking part in the show.
It's the Royal Air Force that will
be leading off the parade today. The
military aspect is done in seniority
and because this is the junior
service, the RAF, but it's a very,
very important year for them coming
up. It will be their centenary next
year, so they're led by the band of
the Royal Air Force Regiment, the
director of music is Flight
Lieutenant Thomas Roder, he served
for 14 and a half year, including in
the Falkland Islands, as a doing
handler, so it's a remind they're
the bands are not just bandsmen and
drummers, buglers, they are also
serving soldiers ing airmen and
marines as well.
The Queen's squadron was born from
the Royal Air Force with the
centenary coming up in April 2018.
They first flew to war back in 1914.
The aircraft flew from Dover to
France to be part of the First World
War and it was the formative years
when they were the core Flying Squad
Rons back then.
We caught sight of some air cadets
there. That's the other feature of
this, JJ, you have people who're
regular soldiers here and you have
people, as you say, who are serving
abroad, who've recently served
abroad. You've also got much younger
people as well, much younger people
who either want to be part of the
services or who're in it part-time?
You heard the Lord Mayor say this is
a young person's parade as well so
it's right that the Cadets are front
I'm with Adam Layfield with the
company of Leather Sellers. What is
your connection to them?
been supporting my boxing club in
Edmonton, the 'Ingments, since it
opened. -- the Eagles. It gives
people like me an opportunity to be
write am today.
What do they do?
They hold activities for kids, the
youth, and they help us with the
projects we are trying to build.
What has boxing done for you?
taught me discipline and respect.
Without boxing, I wouldn't be where
I am today.
There are some boxers in
front of us. You are all looking
pretty mean. You pack a mean punch
What do you
make of today's occasion?
atmosphere's good, it brings people
around and yeah, never been to
something like this before so it's
Enjoy the day.
Thank you very
There, the air Cadets, as JJ was
saying, the RAF and those who serve
in the air side of our military.
Very much prominent today and that,
of course, JJ, is because next year
is an important year for them?
it will be the centenary next year,
and they have everybody from
serving, full-time regulars,
reserves and Cadets being
represented from there.
I have found intrepid, the hero
horse we met in the film earlier on
in the show and Jan here is Director
General of the PDSA. Emma told us
how Intrepid loves a big occasion
like this and look at him. He's an
absolute star isn't he?
absolutely does, we are really proud
to today be walking with the animals
today and to be able the see the
incredible bond that exists between
animals and their owners. We see it
every day in our hospitals in PDSA,
the incredible bond between the
owners and their pets. That's why
PDSA exists, to keep them together
as long as they possibly can. To see
the sick and injured animals with
their owners afterwards, is great.
PDSA has such a rich history with
the animal awards programme. We are
celebrating 100 years of PDSA. It's
brilliant. Our centenary year is
coming up on November 17th and it's
going to be fantastic.
birthday. Lovely to see and meet
Intrepid and see his medal as well
And to all, the Lord Mayor looks on,
appreciatively. And they look
appreciatively back and show their
appreciation of him. It's a
wonderful moment. Everyone who comes
past the front of the Lord Mayor
gets the opportunity to wave at him.
Traditionally, the Lord Mayor waves
back. The lady mayoress waving back.
There is a connection between the
people on the stand, isn't there and
the people who march?
Yes, he shows the respect and
gratitude that is afforded to him.
His arm will tired from all the
Many of the people on the balcony
have risen to their feet because the
Royal Hospital Chelsea are passing
by on an open top. It is the first
institution to rurchd the clock care
to army veterans. It is the 325th
anniversary this year. I love the
stats I have got here. There is 21
in total with an age of 1704! An
average age of.81.
That's the big
The oldest is 93 and the
youngest a very young 68!
Anyone who knows me will know I like
to get my hands dirty. I haven't got
my hands dirty, but I am busy.
What's the thinking behind this?
need to let everyone know that the
harsh environment we work in in
town, we look after a lot of
clients, but we want to get more
flowers out and about in town and
this really highlights what we are
trying to do and create biodiversity
because it is a harsh environment
and if we can make somewhere nice
for the wildlife and insects as well
as us, it is a good thing for all.
It is a lovely environment beside
us. Your float looks fantastic. Is
that a beehive?
Yes, it is. It is a
bit of fun as well, but what we are
doing with the beehive, we put a lot
of beehives out at our clients
places throughout London. We've got
five, Tenby hives in town. We have
got a lot of beekeepers. A lot of
the clients then get to keep the
honey and give it out and really
bees are hugely important for all of
us. Without bees we wouldn't have
any food. And we would really
struggle to live. We really must
encourage bees and by encouraging
each other to have plants and
flowers in the garden, flowering
shrubs, it really makes a
No bees in there at the
moment. We are going to hand these
out, so let's get busy, shall we?
You will have to make some more now!
One of my favourite things about
these big events is the superfan.
It's fair, Karen, isn't it to call
you a superfan of the Lord Mayor's
Yes, I think so. I first came
when I was eight with a school
friend and I have been trying to
come every year or watch it on the
TV ever since. I'm so excited to be
in it now.
It is your first year in
it. Has it lived up to your
It has. I think our
float is just amazing. All our pubs
are showing on it and everyone is
excited on the float.
It is nice
being this side of the barriers this
It is. You stand back there
and you feel the excitement coming
off it, but to be in it is a whole
Well, I will leave
you to enjoy your time to shine.
Thank you very much.
It has superfans the Lord Mayor's
Show and groupies I am sure. The
mayor and mayoress are superfans as
they get a proper greeting from the
Green King stand.
You get a real impression, don't
you, as this float winds its way
gradually down the road that
actually this is quite a bottleneck,
although, we have said this is the
largest unrehearsed show in the
world, there is an awful lot of
organisation going on because
without the organisation, this would
Well, it is planned with
military precision! The
pageantmaster Dominic Reid is the
man that's behind it, but with a
huge enormous team that work
throughout the year and it is quite
amazing because it is so creative,
whilst being so, so organised and
And as we speak, coming
into view, and walking down that
road, The London Regiment and a
reminder when you look at these
people, who are not in anything like
their dress gear, that this is a
very real thing for a lot of the
forces personnel here, they are
parading today, but they are also
and have also been very recently
taking part in active service.
Absolutely. You know, this is one
of, this is the London Regiment and
they are showing really, the
multitude of weapon systems and
different jobs that they would come
up against and they are the only
army reserve infantry based in
London. It was raised back in 1804
and the other thing about the Lord
Mayor's Show and its military
tradition is back in the early part
of last century, this was almost a
recruiting drive, for the First
World War in particular, many were
Kitchener's Army that would join the
parade out and off to war. Changed
days, now, obviously, but we see
them in their military finery, but
also in their, you know, their field
As we look at the seventh battalion,
the Rifles, closer to home they were
volunteers for an operation in 2013.
So people in the south and the
south-west of England may have seen
them at close quarters. They went
there to help in areas affected by
Yes, they have recently been
deployed to Estonia which is part of
Nato's enhanced forward presence
there following the Russian
annexation of the Crimea.
You see all sorts of weird and
wonderful things on the parade and I
have hooked up with a bunch of sheep
and Chris. Chris, why sheep?
they are warm and I'm the master and
historically we go back to 1180, we
set the rules and regulations for
the wool trade and these days
obviously that's slightly different,
but today we are celebrating because
the new Lord Mayor and lady mayoress
is a wool man. We are here to
support her. We've engaged some
rather large sheep to enjoy the
Well, looking back
at the sheep there now.
past master Bill Clarke, he
organises the sheep drive over
London Bridge and he is like a stick
of rock with wool right through it.
Wool played a really important
historically, hasn't it, in this
part of the world?
Wool, when you go
back into the medieval times, built
our Navies, churches, armies and 90%
of England's taxes came from wool.
The wool farmers were the Googles
and Apples of their day?
and incredibly rich and wealthy
I just want to look ahead
because we have got some dancing
sheep. What's that about?
about the mythical. So we have, this
is our like a Chinese dragon, but
these are sheep dragons and that's
to represent us and really to engage
with the crowd. Now, over there, we
have our Lord Mayor, the lady
mayoress, she, as I mentioned
earlier is a wool man and now, I
have got to shout out all together.
Three cheers for the Lord Mayor and
the lady mayoress.
look at that. It's the worshipful
Company of Paviors. You ought to be
able to see behind there, their
vintage steamroller and their
trailer with a jazz band and walkers
with the traditional inflatable pig!
Yes, it wouldn't be the Lord Mayor's
Show without an appearance from the
famous inflatable pig!
One of the amazing facts you learn
from being part of this, the pigs
used to roam the streets of London
cleaning up the gutters and the
sewers. It is just, it is crazy to
Going fanning, it meant cleansing
the prifies which was a profitable
business we're told, but I can't
imagine the conditions were much
Anyway, all much cleaner today.
They're wending their way past
Mansion House now.
The streets are
cleaner. It is quite interesting.
They come out, they clean the
streets and then just before the
parade, they then bring out a
gritting lorry which lays down the
sand that you will see. So it's not
that they haven't cleaned up, they
lay down the sand because as we have
seen there is so many animals and
camels and donkeys and horses and it
helps them provide some grip.
Can you tell I'm with the doctors?
I'm with Dr Tim Bake irwho is with
the society that helped you train to
become a medic?
This year it is 400
years since we were given Royal
Charter. We are in the show to
celebrate that. The charitable
sector, supported by Journey through
school and medical school to become
a doctor today.
Even today, so you
help each individual medical school,
you help someone get through and
We help medical students
that are in need and for our 400th
anniversary we set up a new bursary
to allow medical students going to
the developing world. All medical
students can have a look and apply
for one of our bursaries. We have
got 25 to get out.
Do you ever get
the Dougie Houser comment?
I'm glad it is not just me.
What have you made of the parade.
It's great fun and the rain has
stopped which is even better when
you're wearing this.
you very much.
See you later,
Now the Royal British Legion band.
There are individuals in this band
which are ageing, an age range from
nine years old up to the oldest of
53. As we have already mentioned
this is, of course, Armistice Day
and the Royal British Legion, they
are the nation's custodians of
remembrance. They were formed in
1921 and they launched their first
ever Poppy Appeal on 11th November
It is worth saying as well that the
Festival of Remembrance tonight will
be on BBC One at 9pm. So, a plug for
that on BBC One later on today.
Of course, quite a few of the people
we're seeing here will be present at
that festival. Not only in the
crowd, but also those processing.
is a huge weekend for the military.
I would love to know how much boot
polish gets used in a weekend like
The Eddie Stobbart lorry has gone,
but if it brakes down, it's in good
company because here is the
Automobile Association. It looks to
me as if yes, we have got some
vintage vehicles there. That's what
you would have summoned if you had
called on help, I don't know, when
would that have been? Back in the
1950s, I guess.
And right in the front there,
something that you might have called
Yes, the AA has taken
part in the show for 20 years and a
big focus happening this year again
on many of their members who have
been former serving military
themselves. A huge tradition from
the First World War and through to
today of employing service men and
women within the AA.
That, I think, is the oldest vehicle
in the entry. It was built in 1904.
Originally owned by a one-time Lady
in Waiting to Queen maury who
requested that picnic baskets be
Now some rather serious kit here.
Yes, this is some of the heavy, but
man packable to some degree. It is
the multilaunch rocket system. It is
an air defence system and now, some
of our very advanced kit and
equipment, the sort of bomb disposal
and search robots.
This is the City of London Engineer
Regiment, their float representing
the long history in London and
elements of the regiment that have
been involved in securing the City
of London from the threat of
unexploded ordinance all the way
through since the Blitz.
year history. The regiment's had 30
name changes. London's remained the
constant throughout that for 104
years of that. They've got 50 people
in the Middle East at the moment
training out there.
When I was a little boy, I was
bought a remote control car for
Christmas, it was the best present I
ever had. My next guest is a very
hi-tech remote control. Sir, what
does this do?
It's an alternative to
the big one you can see on the back
of the truck so we can take to it
where we need it, rather than
carrying a big vehicle around.
does it search out?
It's a remote
means of dealing with an IED so it
has various cameras on there. This
one's got a big silver thing that
you can see and the one on the
wagon's got a leaf blower so we can
do multiple things in it.
crucial work then, this is finding
bombs that are going to really hurt
and maim and kill some soldiers,
this is the thing that saves their
Yes, it does, yes. You can do
quite a lot of the task with just
Can I have a go?
course you can.
I'll need to hand
Forward, left and back.
OK, let's go. It's quite hard when
you first get to use it but
afterwards it becomes a lot easier.
Once you get used to it, it's OK.
I'm going to let that camera get in
It's really, really hard, I have to
say. I prefer the remote control car
I had when I was a little boy. Thank
you very much that was brilliant,
thanks for letting me have a go.
Sean tries but I've got to say, if
it was me on the ground, I would
rather it was the man that he was
talking to that was driving it.
relieved he kept it pretty much on
the roadway and didn't drive it
straight into the crowd.
I hate to
imagine how much one of those things
I'm making a point as we watch a cat
on a sitting room scene and we were
before that seeing a field hospital
and we'll doubtless see all manner
of other variations of human life.
As you can see, inflatables galore
and that's really part of the show
It's one of the most
wonderful things, how it's all
intersporesed, you could easily send
the military through and send
through the charities, but it's the
fact that you go from seeing
military hardware followed up by
giant inflatables, it's just the
atmosphere here, you know, you've
got to come to the Lord Mayor's
show. If you are watching, take a
year out, come down and watch it.
The atmosphere is just wonderful
The household troops band of
the Salvation Army playing Montreal
Citadel led by Carl Saunders.
This morning, a mum tweeted med
saying she was too poorly to come to
the parade today but go and see her
daughter at the girl guides. Your
wish is my command, they are
parading beautifully and Amy is a
Girl Guide leader, you have been
involved with them since a young
Since? Since five but before
What difference has it
made to your life?
helped grow confidence in girls and
I can see other girls as well, and
it's helped shape my future as a
teacher. I chose special needs
because of some of the tuns I'd had
with Girl Guiding.
I was a guide
more than 20 years ago, you are one
in 2017. What do you get up to now?
We get up to lots of different
activities that we wouldn't be able
to do anywhere else.
And we can run around
It's all about empowering
women isn't it?
Yes and empowering
them to have the confidence and to
give them skills to take into the
I didn't do too badly. Thank you
very much. Enjoy!
Thank you very
Fantastic. If you are joining us,
you are just watching of course, the
Lord Mayor's Parade, winding through
the City of London through the
ancient narrow streets. It's an
extraordinary feat that they manage
it, it's, as we have said right at
the start, an unrehearsed show, the
largest unrehearsed show in the
world but it's also well organised
and has to be because otherwise you
would have articulated lorries, you
would have people, you would have
inflatables of various sorts jammed
in these streets. That is not JJ,
what you want.
No, that doesn't keep
London running. There are 6,500
people here today and every one of
them will leave with a certificate
and get a packed lunch down at the
other end. It's made by the likes of
the Girl Guides. To keep them moving
and fed, it's a tremendous piece of
logistics that quite frankly that's
what London does. It's right that
London can stop, close the streets
to put something like this on.
of it to celebrate the fact that we
have a new Lord Mayor. And he takes
that job, there he is, Charles
Bowman, takes that job for a year,
he comes to the job with various
things he wants to do. Charles
Bowman wants to improve the image of
business generally around the
country. He'll be travelling around
the country and also abroad and
there are representatives of foreign
banks and others based here who're
also very much part of this parade.
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
just one of them. It's not just
London centric. We have floats from
Yorkshire and from all over the
world. You get a real sense of the
scale of it all as these floats pass
the crowd. Look at the size of that
robot, I hope Sean isn't controlling
that one at this point!
The City of London Corporation -
Cleansing. The point of that robot
is, if you look really closely, I
don't know if you can see, it's made
out of wheelie bins, the whole
thing. Four metres tall I should
think. Let's hope they're screwed
together properly. It's quite a work
Has it comes towards us, the point
of it is that the City of London
Corporation - Cleansing - those
people are part of the task, part of
the team that keeps this place as
clean as it is. If you can see
behind them as well, other things
made out of cans and plastics, all
to do with the anti-littering
message. It's a special day for
everyone. For some, it's even more
special than others. It's your
birthday isn't it?
16 today, happy birthday.
As an army Cadet you have to train
for all sorts of things don't you
but you have also been a hero?
there was a situation in which I had
to save somebody's life and do CPR.
It was a really good experience, I
helped out somebody in the
community. After that, I felt better
preserving life. It was the youth
techniques I've learnt from school
and the army Cadets. I've had a lot
of people to help me over the time
I've done it in, people in my
attachment. It's a really happy
experience saving someone's life.
Did you get an award for it?
been put down for two awards, one
through the Army Cadets and
hopefully I'll get that next March.
What a way to celebrate here and
your birthday. This is a gin
birthday party for you! Thank you.
What a remarkable young man. I mean,
utterly incredible. Myself, I was a
Royal Marine Cadet and yes it led to
me joining the marines myself but if
I'd only just had my experience, the
confidence and skills it gave me
would have steadied me extremely
well in life and he's a testament to
the work of the Cadets.
All of this being enjoyed by lots of
ages, lots of children here taking
part in the parade, but also a range
of ages watching it and enjoying the
floats as they come past. Plenty of
those floats representing not only
people, organisations based here in
the City of London, but also those
from around the world.
This is the Royal Yeomanry founded
in 1967, so very much one of the
younger military groups here, the
amalgamation of several historic
cavalry regiments, those dated back
an awful long way to 1794, but the
Yeomanry themselves recently formed.
Yes. They brought some hardware with
That was in service in the 60s.
They've brought with them also a
Land Rover stripped back and the
weapons platform is added on, giving
them the ability to add weapons on
the ground to support troops as they
The second of the two
Saracen vehicles you would have seen
in Northern Ireland at the height of
the troubles. It's not really a
vintage vehicle is it, but it's a
vehicle that's not in service any
I'm with Commondant Phillipa and the
first-aid nursing Yeomanry. Tell us
about the role you play in London's
Well, we are an
old unit that were set up in 1907,
an all-female volunteer
organisation, and we support civil
and military authorities. And this
year, we've given I think over 5,000
hours of support to 150 members,
including helping out with the
tragic terrorist incidents in London
and Manchester and Grenfell Tower.
So you are really an essential part
of that response. Second lieutenant
Zoe Brookes here joined two years
ago because you found out that a
member of your family had a personal
connection to the Fannies as you
That's right. My aunt
couldn't stay at home, she went to
France. Via Spain then to England,
she joined the SOE and parachuted
back into occupied France. She was
executed there as she went back
there. I met her at plaque unveiling
and was encouraged to join and here
You are parading with your
great aunt in mind?
Today would have been her 100th
birthday so it's amazing to be here
with all of these women, this is the
best legacy I could have asked for,
it's really positive.
worked out so well. Enjoy the day.
Thank you very much.
It was really
nice to see those pictures of your
aunt as well.
London's had a tough year but it's
thanks to individuals like that and
the incredible emergency services
that have put on such a thing.
Myself who has suffered trauma in
Afghanistan can tell you that the
work which military surgeons and
also NHS surgeons do is utterly
incredible and not just life-saving
but in so many ways life-changing
This Battalion marked its 50th
anniversary this year. It's the
Milita Intelligence Battalion and
they are have that status which was
give tonne them by the previous Lord
Mayor. -- give tonne them by the
previous Lord Mayor.
Privileged status as sort of the
military groupings equivalent of the
freedom of the City effectively,
allowing them to enter the City with
the bay boyonets and drums. Keep
your messages coming in, by the way.
Perhaps you know someone who is
taking part and want to send them a
message. Whatever you want to say,
do get in touch.
Bugles and drums playing The scam
shamrock as they march through
They have made their way from
Dusseldorf, Germany, showing this is
just so much more than just Britain
on show and London on show.
It is an
important point that, isn't it? We
have people here being watched by an
attentive crowd and by the Lord
Mayor and the lady mayoress who have
come just not from London, not just
other parts of the country, but from
the outside world as well.
It feels like I have seen everything
at the Lord Mayor's Show, but I
haven't seen anything as colourful
as these guys. You are getting a
great reaction from the crowd.
makes a change from wearing a suit
You are a solicitor! Can
you get away with this?
Well, it is
nice to get solicitors together from
time to time and wear something
different and show that solicitors
are more fun than writing forms
It has got you together
with other solicitors?
Yes. It is
nice to get together and show we are
friendly as well.
What about the
other solicitors you're against?
Have any recognised you on the TV?
couple of years ago I was having a
detailed conversation on the phone,
at the end of the conversation they
said, "Have I seen you on the
television looking dressed up as
something in London?" I was like oh
dear, my credibility has gone!
can guarantee he wasn't having as
much fun as you.
will have a lot of fun today. Thank
you very much, enjoy yourself.
Now, this is a good enough college.
It is a long-standing connection to
the office of the Lord Mayor. Had a
campus that was expanded after the
Second World War, thanks in part to
the Lord Mayor's national Northern
Banks giving fund and you can see
the walkers in international
dressing gowns. They represent the
nationalities of their regiments, it
is residents, I have got regiments
on the brain, but that's your
business, JJ, not mine!
Well, it's actually in Lord Mayor's
years past, the weather se pretty
good for a Lord Mayor's Show I would
say. The weather is holding off but
as we always say, it never dampens
the spirits of people here and every
so often I have to take my head
phones off just to get the full
atmosphere. The sound of the drums
just echoing off the buildings
around us. It's just tremendous.
saw there, just passed, or they have
just passed us Epping Forest being
celebrated. Epping Forest, it's a
really important open space in
London. Not a space that you
necessarily come to if you come to
visit London, but it does actually
attract a lot of visitors, 4.2
million visits a year and they are
very proud of it and they are very
happy to be here. One million trees
in Epping Forest.
Ah, Captain America and his son are
here keeping us safe!
And their many
Now, this is the first Hook Scout
and Guide Band. They performed in
the Paralympics in London in 2012.
No strangers to large events in
And they are a relatively ancient,
inasmuch as they were founded back
in the 1930s. I suppose it doesn't
really compare with plenty of the
regiments that we have seen, but
Back to inflatables now.
inflatable rib of beef!
It must be the Company of Butchers,
We've got a pig's head as well.
Every aspect of pigs, haven't
we? Somewhere down there as well,
there is Corporal Jones. That's
Corporal Jones' vehicle. One of the
things they're celebrating is
Corporal Jones, the loved character
from Dad's Army, they have got 11
lookalikes dressed and look like
other characters from Dad's Army. It
is a refurbished butcher's van from
the 1930s. It is the kind of van
that Corporal Jones in Dad's Army
would have driven.
I'm glad they made it with their
inflatable beef too. We were
reliably informed if the weather was
too windy they might not be able to
parade the beef.
It has been held up
by eight butchers. Maybe they would
need eight butchers.
She is not sure
it's going to stay in place, is she?
We are at the stage now with the
senior service, the Air Force, the
junior service have been through the
army and now the Navy. This is the
band of her majesty's Royal Marines,
the greatest military band in the
world playing. Then we have
individuals from the 43 Commando,
Fleet Protection Group. O squadron,
it is a squadron I served in Belize
with. They will be taking part in
ceremonies throughout the week. They
are based up in Faslane.
it mean to them to be doing this
It is incredible. The Lord
Mayor's Show is an amazing occasion
to be part of. It is such a
celebration of so many things and so
many things military in that sense.
But it falls on this Armistice Day.
It falls on remembrance. So
throughout this weekend, there is
also this huge point of reflection
and as much effort as it is to get
your uniform looking crisp, you are
so happy to did it and so honoured,
because you are doing it to
represent those who cannot be here,
who have fallen in service and those
that came before us.
The Royal Marines were formed only
about half a mile from here back on
28th October 1664. We have recently
celebrated our birthday.
them, the Royal Navy Reserve from
HMS President. They have got a
marching detachment and somewhere in
there as well, they are pulling a
Yes, the field gun at the rear there
and the Lord Mayor himself was at
HMS President today.
Now this sight here, as you see, two
young Commando recruits who are
carrying each other in a fireman's
carrier around the three-and-a-half
mile around the route. That is going
to be tough work let me assure you
that. Those guys are carrying at
least 32lbs of kit on their back.
They will be taking it in turns, but
that's a strong, strong shout.
Although they are smiling and
running now, my goodness, that's
showing off a bit, although they are
smiling and running, they are making
a point which quite a few of the
military paraders have been making.
That is that, they are doing some
pretty serious stuff and if people
are thinking of coming and joining
them as you were mentioning earlier
on during the First World War,
people actually got into step with
them, didn't they and left and
joined straight after.
That was it,
it was Kitchener's Army. You could
join the rear of the parade and off
you went to war effectively.
The troops of the Royal Marine
reserves City of London there. I
served in the Royal Marine reserve
myself. You wear the same green
beret as your counterparts going
through the same Commando course. I
did a spell in America and they are
in the same green beret.
And there, of course -- they have
historical links with the City of
London. They have had the links
through the whole of the last
century. HMS President is an
operational Royal Navy verve unit
based on the River Thames in the
Borough of Tower Hamlets. Very, very
close to here.
Well, this is truly a
Lord Mayor's Show sight as we see
grannies on electrical trolleys I
Yes, grannies on
Yes, this is welcome to Yorkshire
and again it shows that this is not
just about the City of London, they
travelled down from Yorkshire to be
part of the parade.
Do we know what
grannies on trolleys have to do with
Someone asked and I
believe they said it's just a bit of
fun! When I think of Yorkshire, it's
not the first thing that springs to
But it will be now! That's the
point, I guess and that's the point
of this parade, I guess.
And again you have this
extraordinary position, you have the
grannies on their Segways, if indeed
they were Segways and then you have
another military band and then you
have a range of ages as well as we
can see there and so many, it has
been really striking to me the youth
of so many of those marching and
particularly the youth of those
marching in military formation.
Yes, it's a tremendous thing the
cadet movement, the Sea Cadets, the
air cadets and the Army cadets. It
is similar to that of the Girl
Guides or the Boy Scouts, but it is
engrained in a military tradition.
It teaches discipline and skills,
and gives you so much confidence to
come out here and parade on these
streets and keep in time and wave to
the Lord Mayor. It's tremendous.
also JJ, to have the Lord Mayor wave
back and to have the appreciation of
him, of these dignitaries and of
this huge crowd as well. Something
that an awful lot, particularly of
the younger people here just won't
have experienced before.
sight you don't see every day in
London - a combine harvester making
its way through the streets!
Once a year is when you see it and
only in these streets when something
has gone horribly wrong. Yes, a
Company of Farmers.
We were talking about the military
vehicles and actually the damage
they would do to the streets if they
were able to parade fully. We saw
some vehicles earlier on that were
on flatbeds, you don't drive a tank
down here and use the street later
on in the day.
But you can drive a
combine harvester, but the front of
it has been taken off because I
don't think the streets would be
wide enough for a full combine
And of course pandas representing
the fact that this is reflecting all
over the world.
Scat Zhejiang Association.
It is the first time they have taken
part in the show. 50 participants
included in their entry and they
were founded in 2009. They promote
ties between the UK and China and
when you think of those ties and you
think of the importance of those
ties, particularly, of course, in
the business world, it goes back to
one of the things that the Lord
Mayor wants to do during his year in
office and that is to promote not
just Britain abroad and the city
abroad, although that's a very
important part of it, but also
promote the idea that business, that
doing business, and that this place,
the City of London, is a decent
place to be and a decent place to
work and a very important place to
The Prince's Trust.
I'm with Dominic
Reid the pageantmaster. This is
coming up to the end of the parade,
but it is not the end of the
festivities for the Lord Mayor, is
It is the whole day. The Lord
Mayor is going to the Royal Courts
of Justice and swear his allegiance
to the sovereign and then he will
come back here and after that, he is
going to the fireworks. There is a
great firework display on the Thames
at 5.15pm. So there is plenty more
A whole day of celebration.
This is not your first year, it is
your 26th year as pageantmaster.
What do you make of this year? Are
you able to sum up what you have
seen so far?
It's terrific. The content's been
very good. It's been a nice day.
Congratulations. What I've seen so
far has been absolutely wonderful.
Thank you very much.
Dominic Reid, I'm sure a man who
sleeps well at the end of such an
occasion. He actually inherited the
role from his father who was the
Pageantmaster before him. I think if
you vaguely recognise him, you
should do, he's been doing it for
some time and took over from his
father, really is a family business
and what a business too! He
absolutely has to get this right.
Now, as we watch the parade
continue, we sadly can't continue
for much longer to broadcast it.
It's almost time for us to say
goodbye. Although of course for
these people, the day's actually
only just begun, it really does go
on all day and lots of people here
are going to enjoy their day in
London. I have thoroughly enjoyed
the inflatables and all the rest of
it, but I thoroughly have enjoyed
the mix. I think that, JJ, is what I
take from it?
Yes, there's such a
mix here, but it's always the fact
for me that this is a huge military
occasion. Many of the soldiers will
on to the fest Ralls of remembrance
at the cenotaph. This is a weekend
of celebration and indeed
I'm afraid it's time to say goodbye
to these festivities. I've loved how
young this show's felt this year.
This is my first Lord Mayor's show
and I've been struck by the feast of
sound and music and colour, it's
just been amazing. A pomp and
pageantry parade of young and old
and all sorts of animals. Fantastic
and so much enthusiasm. It's all
been brought together by the Lord
Mayor's Show, an amazing
People have really
enjoyed themselves here, people have
been politely sipping champagne on
the sides. We hope you've enjoyed it
as much as we have. We hope you have
a sense of the spectacle that this
is. See you next time.
Sean Fletcher and Sonali Shah present live coverage of the world's oldest civic parade. This year's event includes over 7,000 participants on 140 floats, including stilt walkers, camels and military bands. The parade of pomp and pageantry travels through the historical heart of the City of London - all in honour of Charles Bowman, the 690th Lord Mayor of London. With commentary by Justin Webb and JJ Chalmers.