2017 The Lord Mayor's Show


2017

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

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as the capital prepares

for a spectacular event and this big

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Grannies are going to be some of the

stars.

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With over 140 floats

plus 20 of the country's

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finest marching bands,

it can only be one thing.

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It's the Lord Mayor's Show!

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Good morning, we are coming

to you live from the heart

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of the capital waiting

for the new Lord Mayor of London

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to arrive and take his place

on the balcony of Mansion House.

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There are 6,500 participants in this

year's procession but don't worry,

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Sonali and I are on the ground

to help guide you through this

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year's event and our commentary team

are in a prime position to bring

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you in-depth coverage as the

three-mile long parade passes by.

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Well, it's my first time

here and it's looking pretty

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impressive from up here.

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I'm pleased to be joined

by ex-Marine JJ Chalmers

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in the commentary box.

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This is a combination, isn't it? It

is a combination of history with a

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modern twist?

Yes, charities are on

parade and of course, there is the

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military. There is 1800 military

personnel who will be passing

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through here marching to the beat of

the drums. Some of the finest bands

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in the world including the Household

Cavalry Mounted Regiment and it will

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be quite a show.

You mentioned the

military JJ and today's parade falls

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on 11th November and that is of

course, of special significance, it

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is Armistice Day we take time to

remember those who died this the

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many conflicts since 1914 and at

11am, before the Lord Mayor's parade

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gets underway, we are going to join

the whole nation, all of us here, in

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remembrance as Britain pauses for a

two minutes silence. And the lady

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mayoress is our first sight on

parade. She is arriving on horse

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Back and that is the first time that

has happened in over 30 years, but

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she is well qualified to do it. Not

only is she a horsewoman herself,

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but she is a vet. So she has a

personal connection with the

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animals.

This year marks the 80th

anniversary of the first BBC

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Broadcast from the Lord Mayor's

Show, back in 1937 and not many

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people had televisions, and now it

is broadcast to millions of people

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across the world. Sonali has been

digging through the archives.

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The London skyline has changed

dramatically over the past 80 years,

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yet with a carnival atmosphere mixed

with a dash of eccentricity the Lord

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Mayor's Show has remained constant.

Every year throngs of people have

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lined the streets to marvel a the

parade passing by. Sometimes a

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famous face could be spotted in the

crowd. In 1948, it was the actress

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Elizabeth Taylor. At just 16 years

old, she was already an

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international star. Throughout the

years the parade has featured many

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extraordinary sights. Some more

weird than wonderful!

It is straight

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out of a fairytale.

A strong

military presence has always been at

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the heart of the annual parade,

reflecting its historic routes. With

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1968, colour splashed on to our TV

screens, bringing the military

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uniforms and vibrant costumes to

life.

A very colourful spectacle

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indeed.

Always picking up on the

mood of the times, moving from the

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60s to the 70s, space fever gripped

the nation.

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The Lord Mayor's Show has always

been a celebration that encapsulates

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the British spirit.

A truly family affair with each

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generation bringing the next to

witness the flamboyant displays and

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military precision waiting with

bated breath to see what could

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possibly appear next.

And there is our first sight of the

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gold Stagecoach. It weighs almost

three tonnes. The new Lord Mayor

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Charles Bowman is just giving a wave

to the crowd as he comes past.

Yes,

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the coach cost over £1,000 at the

time of building and in today's

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money that would be £120,000 which

seems like a reasonable price, but

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if we tried to build one today, it

would cost over £2 million.

It is

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the oldest working ceremonial

vehicle in the world. Quite

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something, it has been used at every

show since 1757.

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The Lord Mayor as he arrives at

Mansion House. Of course, this is

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only one part of his day. The day

began early. He began it by boarding

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the Gloriana. He joined a flotilla

of 25 boats travelling down the

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Thames through power bridge to HMS

President where he disembarked. He

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climbed then into that gilded

carriage used for the last 260 years

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to make his way there. In the past,

JJ, the Lord Mayor went to

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Westminster, didn't he? He went by

boat originally.

Yes, the parade

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itself was a flotilla and one of the

amazing facts and it shows the true

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history of this is we talk about

floats and parades around the world,

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but it started here, the float from

the flotilla.

Many of the

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organisations who will will be

parading today are celebrating

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something special. One of them the

people's dispensary for sick animals

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is here to celebrate its 100th

birthday in style. Over the last

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century the PDSA has famously cared

for millions of animals across the

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country, but something that isn't as

well-known is how they have been

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shining a light on hero animals.

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In 1917 Maria Dicken launched a

small charity called the PDSA, its

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mission was to treat the sick

animals of the poor without charge.

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From the very beginning, it was a

great success. Yet stories of the

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animals heading into battle in World

War I played heavily on Maria's

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mind. More than 16 million animals

served alongside military personnel.

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Often giving their lives. Maria

wanted this to be honoured. So, in

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1943 during World War II, she

created the Dicken medal, widely

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acknowledged as the Victoria Cross

for animals. It is an award

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internationally recognised today.

Since that time, have honoured 32

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pigeons, 31 dogs, four horses and

one cat. Most recently our PDSA

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Order of Merit, the order equivalent

of the OBE recognises animals who

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paid distinguished service to

society. One of the first animal to

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say receive the award was Obe.

He

received the award after the Londis

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turbanses in London 2011. Obe

suffered a fractured skull as a

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result of an object being thrown

from the crowd. I have worked for

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Obe for six years. He has been a

soul mate and a best mate for the

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time that we have been together and

he will enjoy his retirement at home

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sunning himself in the garden.

Sit.

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Intrepid got his medal on the first

night of the riots when he came

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under fire from missiles and had to

deal with burning buildings and I'm

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looking forward to showing Intrepid

off at the Lord Mayor's Show. He has

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worked hard for the past 11 years

and he loves big occasions. It is

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the best job in the world working

with these heroes.

Incredible

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stories of animal bravery of the

debt owed by humans to animals. And

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everyone is in place now. Everyone

in place ready for the off, but

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before the off, there is going to be

the inspection of the Guard of

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Honour. A lot of people have come

pretty early in the morning for this

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and I have to say when we first

arrived here, the weather was JJ,

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shall we say mixed?

It was mixed,

but it is beginning to clear and I

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think we'll, yeah, I think it will

hold out for us.

Now, thousands of

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people are taking part in the

procession itself. All of them

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helping to make the event the

fantastic spectacle that it is and

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Sonali and Sean are representing two

people representing different

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organisations that offer support and

inspiration to ex-service people.

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Yes, I'm with former corporal

Stewart Robinson who represented the

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UK in wheelchair rugby at the

Invictus Games. This is your first

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Lord Mayor's Show?

Yes. From what I

have seen so far, it is a

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prestigious and amazing occasion.

It

must mean so much more to you

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falling on Armistice Day today?

On

both counts we have got a massive

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prestigious event and it seems a be

fitting tribute to the sacrifices

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that so many men and women have

paid.

You represented the country at

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the Invictus Games and I understand

your next big game is Tokyo 2020 and

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the Paralympic Games?

Yes, that's

the plan. Fingers crossed it will go

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well. I am aiming to competing as

much as I can and the gain goal is

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Tokyo 2020.

The best of luck with

that and enjoy the parade today. I'm

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with Charmaine. You are with the

Chelsea Pensioners. What does it

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feel to be like to be part of the

Lord Mayor's Show?

Very privileged,

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I must admit, sir.

And you have got

a connection to it, haven't you?

In

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what respect, sir?

Something you

have always wanted to be part of?

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Especially as a Chelsea pensioner.

Today, of course, is Armistice Day,

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it is a day of remembrance, what

does remembrance signify to you?

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Well, from all the years I was in

the Army to those people that died,

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we are still here to represent them

and we're very proud to represent

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the people that, you know, lost

their lives and we as I say, we

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would never, we wouldn't be here

today.

Of course, it's a significant

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day. Very, a great day for

celebration, but a very important

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day for remembrance?

It certainly

is, sir and we are all proud here as

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Chelsea Pensioners and we couldn't

wish for a better place to live now.

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It's considered the best retirement

home in the world.

Thank you very

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much.

And we're all proud to be there.

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So the Lord Mayor makes his way to

the balcony and some waves for the

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crowd and some appreciation for the

crowd as he makes his way there.

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This is a moment though JJ, where we

do something slightly unusual

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because this is a moment, isn't it,

where the mood changes toen extent?

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Yes, it is an incredibly poignant

weekend for us and it is so poignant

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with Armistice falling today that a

day of celebration for both

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charities, but including the

military in particular, it is such

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an important occasion, but it is so

right that we stop in what is a

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celebration and reflect and that

makes it sop much more poignant in

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my opinion.

Yes. And it's an

opportunity also for everyone in

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this crowd to take part and that's

the point, isn't it? It's not just

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the formal ceremonial and not just

for the Lord Mayor and his guests,

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it is for everyone who is lining

this parade route.

It is one of the

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things I find so remarkable about

this Square Mile of the city is that

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it is barely ever quiet particularly

on a day like today, it's going to,

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the drums will bang and the bands

will play, but then there will be

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the silence throughout it any moment

now.

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And although it is a change of mood

and although it is something that

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doesn't happen in every Lord Mayor's

parade, actually, it fits rather

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well, doesn't it into the hole as we

see the Lord Mayor arrive ready to

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take his seat, it's something that's

a very natural part actually of

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what's going on around us

particularly with all the military

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people here?

Yes. There are 1800

military personnel on parade today.

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That's more than Trooping the

Colour. This is truly, truly a

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military occasion, but it does party

and join with the civilian

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population.

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And now we await the instructions.

Dominic Reid OBE has given his

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instruction and we are under way.

This is it. The gun goes, nothing

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can stop this parade now. The

streets that we can see behind us

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are just lined with individuals and

floats that are ready. This is the

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bottleneck point where everybody

comes together. And now this is it,

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we are off and running.

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No more rousing a way to get things

going, is it?

No, indeed, it's the

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Coldstream Guards who'll be leading

out the parade at this point. One of

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the oldest military bands in the

world. They have had continuous

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service for over 200 years. They'll

be on parade again tomorrow at

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remembrance and cenotaph as well.

One of the things that is really

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striking about that parade is, when

we say oh, we really do mean it,

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don't we, 1650 it was formed.

It

makes it one of the oldest regiments

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in the world and that is it, you

know, this parade is 802 years old!

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There are many, many countries in

the world not that old, let alone

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parades.

They started with drummers

before they had an official band?

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Yes. Took them 100 years or so

actually to get the official band

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together in 1785. They've been

playing ever since then. Musical

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support for state ceremonial

occasions. You can see them at

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Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle,

changing the guard ceremonies.

One

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of the other things you can always

expect from the Lord Mayor's show is

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animals, camels, horses, donkeys,

the lot. We all know what a camel

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looks like, but cast your mind back

600 years ago for the people who

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lined the streets to see exotic

animals, lions and elephants have

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been paraded here in the past.

The

camels have been brought in by the

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worshipful company of Grocers and

they are here because they are the

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mother company of the new Lord

Mayor. It's the first company that

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he joined and they were formed by

members of the Gild who were

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responsible for ensuring the purity

of spices. There we are seeing some

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spices to mark that heritage.

Of

course that would have been carried

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on the camel trains traditionally.

That is why they've brought the

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camels with them, I guess.

Behind

the desert Oasis, we saw some ribbon

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dancers. Back to the military.

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Drum and Trumpet Corps. Playing

their own tunes as they come past

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Mansion House. Some told us in

advance what they're going to be,

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some haven't.

There are the

traditional protectors of the City

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of London, Gog & Magog. Put together

a company.

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Fell Isly Harding is with the

Samaritans. You've got a particular

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connection with your charity and the

Lord Mayor?

I certainly have. The

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Lord Mayor's right there, lives next

door to the church where my father

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founded the Samaritans. We used to

stand on the roof with my three

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triplet brothers and watch the Lord

Mayor's show every year as children.

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So really special to be here. And

your father was the founder of the

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Samaritans?

Yes.

Amazing. What are

you hoping to get out of today with

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your charity?

Oh, well the Lord

Mayor supports the Samaritans,

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well-being in the City. We want to

make sure that nobody who rings has

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an engaged tone so lots of people

supporting free call.

OK, thank you,

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enjoy your day.

Thank you, bye-bye!

Charles Bowman, congratulations on

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becoming the 690th Lord Mayor of

London. I understand this show has

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meant so much to you since a young

age?

Well, I'm thrilled, thrilled to

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be here and very, very excited and

honoured about this incredible role,

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690th Lord Mayor of the City of

London. You are right. As a

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seven-year-old, my father worked in

the City. His father and my great

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grandfather too. I remember, as a

seven-year-old, being brought to the

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City of London. He had an office on

Cheapside and a view down all the

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way there and, as a seven-year-old,

oh, my gosh, the colour, it was a

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wet day as it often is in November

but it stuck out for me and it's

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part of the catalyst I suppose of

why I'm here today.

You have chosen

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a very busy, interesting time to

become a global champion of this

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wonderful City with Brexit on the

horizon. .

Look, I say very

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honestly, I'm honoured and excited.

But again in the spirit of honesty,

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a little daunted. We face challenges

within our country and politically

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at this time. I am very

enthusiastic, excited and honoured

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to be given the opportunity to lead

this great City through this period.

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I can see how much you are enjoying

being up here. What are you most

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looking forward to in this wonderful

spectacle?

It's 700,000 people,

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horses, camels, donkeys, other

animals coming through. It's a great

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thrill that my wife and two

daughters are riding this year,

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that's the first time that a lady

mayoress will have ridden. It's a

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young person's show, so please,

throughout the course of the show,

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we'll be using social media at Lord

Mayor underscore show, so please

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everybody join me in that and tweet

with me.

Congratulations, thank you

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so much.

Thank you very much indeed.

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On the subject of social media, we

should say that we have our own

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e-mail:

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Please do get in touch with us.

Messages perhaps for people who you

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know who're taking part in the show.

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It's the Royal Air Force that will

be leading off the parade today. The

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military aspect is done in seniority

and because this is the junior

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service, the RAF, but it's a very,

very important year for them coming

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up. It will be their centenary next

year, so they're led by the band of

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the Royal Air Force Regiment, the

director of music is Flight

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Lieutenant Thomas Roder, he served

for 14 and a half year, including in

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the Falkland Islands, as a doing

handler, so it's a remind they're

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the bands are not just bandsmen and

drummers, buglers, they are also

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serving soldiers ing airmen and

marines as well.

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The Queen's squadron was born from

the Royal Air Force with the

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centenary coming up in April 2018.

They first flew to war back in 1914.

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The aircraft flew from Dover to

France to be part of the First World

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War and it was the formative years

when they were the core Flying Squad

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Rons back then.

We caught sight of some air cadets

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there. That's the other feature of

this, JJ, you have people who're

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regular soldiers here and you have

people, as you say, who are serving

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abroad, who've recently served

abroad. You've also got much younger

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people as well, much younger people

who either want to be part of the

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services or who're in it part-time?

You heard the Lord Mayor say this is

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a young person's parade as well so

it's right that the Cadets are front

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and centre.

I'm with Adam Layfield with the

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company of Leather Sellers. What is

your connection to them?

They've

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been supporting my boxing club in

Edmonton, the 'Ingments, since it

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opened. -- the Eagles. It gives

people like me an opportunity to be

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write am today.

What do they do?

They hold activities for kids, the

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youth, and they help us with the

projects we are trying to build.

0:27:320:27:37

What has boxing done for you?

It's

taught me discipline and respect.

0:27:370:27:43

Without boxing, I wouldn't be where

I am today.

There are some boxers in

0:27:430:27:47

front of us. You are all looking

pretty mean. You pack a mean punch

0:27:470:27:50

don't you?

Yes, yes.

What do you

make of today's occasion?

The

0:27:500:27:56

atmosphere's good, it brings people

around and yeah, never been to

0:27:560:28:02

something like this before so it's

nice.

Enjoy the day.

Thank you very

0:28:020:28:04

much.

0:28:040:28:05

There, the air Cadets, as JJ was

saying, the RAF and those who serve

0:28:140:28:19

in the air side of our military.

Very much prominent today and that,

0:28:190:28:25

of course, JJ, is because next year

is an important year for them?

Yes,

0:28:250:28:29

it will be the centenary next year,

and they have everybody from

0:28:290:28:36

serving, full-time regulars,

reserves and Cadets being

0:28:360:28:38

represented from there.

I have found intrepid, the hero

0:28:380:28:44

horse we met in the film earlier on

in the show and Jan here is Director

0:28:440:28:51

General of the PDSA. Emma told us

how Intrepid loves a big occasion

0:28:510:28:55

like this and look at him. He's an

absolute star isn't he?

Yes, he

0:28:550:29:00

absolutely does, we are really proud

to today be walking with the animals

0:29:000:29:03

today and to be able the see the

incredible bond that exists between

0:29:030:29:06

animals and their owners. We see it

every day in our hospitals in PDSA,

0:29:060:29:12

the incredible bond between the

owners and their pets. That's why

0:29:120:29:16

PDSA exists, to keep them together

as long as they possibly can. To see

0:29:160:29:23

the sick and injured animals with

their owners afterwards, is great.

0:29:230:29:28

PDSA has such a rich history with

the animal awards programme. We are

0:29:280:29:32

celebrating 100 years of PDSA. It's

brilliant. Our centenary year is

0:29:320:29:37

coming up on November 17th and it's

going to be fantastic.

Happy 100th

0:29:370:29:41

birthday. Lovely to see and meet

Intrepid and see his medal as well

0:29:410:29:47

well.

Thank you.

0:29:470:29:51

And to all, the Lord Mayor looks on,

appreciatively. And they look

0:29:560:30:01

appreciatively back and show their

appreciation of him. It's a

0:30:010:30:05

wonderful moment. Everyone who comes

past the front of the Lord Mayor

0:30:050:30:08

gets the opportunity to wave at him.

Traditionally, the Lord Mayor waves

0:30:080:30:12

back. The lady mayoress waving back.

There is a connection between the

0:30:120:30:19

people on the stand, isn't there and

the people who march?

0:30:190:30:32

Accept

Yes, he shows the respect and

gratitude that is afforded to him.

0:30:330:30:39

His arm will tired from all the

waving though!

0:30:430:30:50

Many of the people on the balcony

have risen to their feet because the

0:30:500:30:55

Royal Hospital Chelsea are passing

by on an open top. It is the first

0:30:550:31:01

institution to rurchd the clock care

to army veterans. It is the 325th

0:31:010:31:07

anniversary this year. I love the

stats I have got here. There is 21

0:31:070:31:11

in total with an age of 1704! An

average age of.81.

That's the big

0:31:110:31:19

stat, 1704?

The oldest is 93 and the

youngest a very young 68!

0:31:190:31:33

Anyone who knows me will know I like

to get my hands dirty. I haven't got

0:31:330:31:39

my hands dirty, but I am busy.

What's the thinking behind this?

We

0:31:390:31:43

need to let everyone know that the

harsh environment we work in in

0:31:430:31:47

town, we look after a lot of

clients, but we want to get more

0:31:470:31:50

flowers out and about in town and

this really highlights what we are

0:31:500:31:54

trying to do and create biodiversity

because it is a harsh environment

0:31:540:31:58

and if we can make somewhere nice

for the wildlife and insects as well

0:31:580:32:02

as us, it is a good thing for all.

It is a lovely environment beside

0:32:020:32:07

us. Your float looks fantastic. Is

that a beehive?

Yes, it is. It is a

0:32:070:32:12

bit of fun as well, but what we are

doing with the beehive, we put a lot

0:32:120:32:17

of beehives out at our clients

places throughout London. We've got

0:32:170:32:21

five, Tenby hives in town. We have

got a lot of beekeepers. A lot of

0:32:210:32:25

the clients then get to keep the

honey and give it out and really

0:32:250:32:30

bees are hugely important for all of

us. Without bees we wouldn't have

0:32:300:32:33

any food. And we would really

struggle to live. We really must

0:32:330:32:37

encourage bees and by encouraging

each other to have plants and

0:32:370:32:40

flowers in the garden, flowering

shrubs, it really makes a

0:32:400:32:43

difference.

No bees in there at the

moment. We are going to hand these

0:32:430:32:48

out, so let's get busy, shall we?

You will have to make some more now!

0:32:480:33:06

One of my favourite things about

these big events is the superfan.

0:33:410:33:45

It's fair, Karen, isn't it to call

you a superfan of the Lord Mayor's

0:33:450:33:48

Show?

Yes, I think so. I first came

when I was eight with a school

0:33:480:33:52

friend and I have been trying to

come every year or watch it on the

0:33:520:33:56

TV ever since. I'm so excited to be

in it now.

It is your first year in

0:33:560:34:04

it. Has it lived up to your

expectations?

It has. I think our

0:34:040:34:10

float is just amazing. All our pubs

are showing on it and everyone is

0:34:100:34:15

excited on the float.

It is nice

being this side of the barriers this

0:34:150:34:19

year?

It is. You stand back there

and you feel the excitement coming

0:34:190:34:22

off it, but to be in it is a whole

different game.

Well, I will leave

0:34:220:34:27

you to enjoy your time to shine.

Thank you very much.

0:34:270:34:37

It has superfans the Lord Mayor's

Show and groupies I am sure. The

0:34:400:34:46

mayor and mayoress are superfans as

they get a proper greeting from the

0:34:460:34:52

Green King stand.

You get a real impression, don't

0:34:520:35:01

you, as this float winds its way

gradually down the road that

0:35:010:35:06

actually this is quite a bottleneck,

although, we have said this is the

0:35:060:35:11

largest unrehearsed show in the

world, there is an awful lot of

0:35:110:35:14

organisation going on because

without the organisation, this would

0:35:140:35:18

be chaos.

Well, it is planned with

military precision! The

0:35:180:35:24

pageantmaster Dominic Reid is the

man that's behind it, but with a

0:35:240:35:27

huge enormous team that work

throughout the year and it is quite

0:35:270:35:30

amazing because it is so creative,

whilst being so, so organised and

0:35:300:35:34

structured.

And as we speak, coming

into view, and walking down that

0:35:340:35:40

road, The London Regiment and a

reminder when you look at these

0:35:400:35:43

people, who are not in anything like

their dress gear, that this is a

0:35:430:35:49

very real thing for a lot of the

forces personnel here, they are

0:35:490:35:54

parading today, but they are also

and have also been very recently

0:35:540:35:58

taking part in active service.

Absolutely. You know, this is one

0:35:580:36:03

of, this is the London Regiment and

they are showing really, the

0:36:030:36:08

multitude of weapon systems and

different jobs that they would come

0:36:080:36:12

up against and they are the only

army reserve infantry based in

0:36:120:36:16

London. It was raised back in 1804

and the other thing about the Lord

0:36:160:36:20

Mayor's Show and its military

tradition is back in the early part

0:36:200:36:24

of last century, this was almost a

recruiting drive, for the First

0:36:240:36:29

World War in particular, many were

Kitchener's Army that would join the

0:36:290:36:36

parade out and off to war. Changed

days, now, obviously, but we see

0:36:360:36:41

them in their military finery, but

also in their, you know, their field

0:36:410:36:45

rig.

As we look at the seventh battalion,

0:36:450:36:52

the Rifles, closer to home they were

volunteers for an operation in 2013.

0:36:520:36:57

So people in the south and the

south-west of England may have seen

0:36:570:37:00

them at close quarters. They went

there to help in areas affected by

0:37:000:37:05

severe flooding.

Yes, they have recently been

0:37:050:37:11

deployed to Estonia which is part of

Nato's enhanced forward presence

0:37:110:37:17

there following the Russian

annexation of the Crimea.

0:37:170:37:29

You see all sorts of weird and

wonderful things on the parade and I

0:37:300:37:34

have hooked up with a bunch of sheep

and Chris. Chris, why sheep?

Well,

0:37:340:37:40

they are warm and I'm the master and

historically we go back to 1180, we

0:37:400:37:46

set the rules and regulations for

the wool trade and these days

0:37:460:37:50

obviously that's slightly different,

but today we are celebrating because

0:37:500:37:54

the new Lord Mayor and lady mayoress

is a wool man. We are here to

0:37:540:38:04

support her. We've engaged some

rather large sheep to enjoy the

0:38:040:38:09

whole occasion.

Well, looking back

at the sheep there now.

This the

0:38:090:38:17

past master Bill Clarke, he

organises the sheep drive over

0:38:170:38:21

London Bridge and he is like a stick

of rock with wool right through it.

0:38:210:38:27

Wool played a really important

historically, hasn't it, in this

0:38:270:38:30

part of the world?

Wool, when you go

back into the medieval times, built

0:38:300:38:37

our Navies, churches, armies and 90%

of England's taxes came from wool.

0:38:370:38:43

The wool farmers were the Googles

and Apples of their day?

They were

0:38:430:38:50

and incredibly rich and wealthy

people.

I just want to look ahead

0:38:500:38:53

because we have got some dancing

sheep. What's that about?

This is

0:38:530:39:01

about the mythical. So we have, this

is our like a Chinese dragon, but

0:39:010:39:07

these are sheep dragons and that's

to represent us and really to engage

0:39:070:39:11

with the crowd. Now, over there, we

have our Lord Mayor, the lady

0:39:110:39:17

mayoress, she, as I mentioned

earlier is a wool man and now, I

0:39:170:39:23

have got to shout out all together.

Three cheers for the Lord Mayor and

0:39:230:39:30

the lady mayoress.

Baa. Baa.

Now,

look at that. It's the worshipful

0:39:300:39:50

Company of Paviors. You ought to be

able to see behind there, their

0:39:500:39:56

vintage steamroller and their

trailer with a jazz band and walkers

0:39:560:40:00

with the traditional inflatable pig!

Yes, it wouldn't be the Lord Mayor's

0:40:000:40:05

Show without an appearance from the

famous inflatable pig!

0:40:050:40:11

One of the amazing facts you learn

from being part of this, the pigs

0:40:110:40:16

used to roam the streets of London

cleaning up the gutters and the

0:40:160:40:19

sewers. It is just, it is crazy to

believe.

0:40:190:40:26

Going fanning, it meant cleansing

the prifies which was a profitable

0:40:260:40:30

business we're told, but I can't

imagine the conditions were much

0:40:300:40:34

fun.

Anyway, all much cleaner today.

0:40:340:40:42

They're wending their way past

Mansion House now.

The streets are

0:40:420:40:45

cleaner. It is quite interesting.

They come out, they clean the

0:40:450:40:48

streets and then just before the

parade, they then bring out a

0:40:480:40:52

gritting lorry which lays down the

sand that you will see. So it's not

0:40:520:40:55

that they haven't cleaned up, they

lay down the sand because as we have

0:40:550:40:59

seen there is so many animals and

camels and donkeys and horses and it

0:40:590:41:03

helps them provide some grip.

Can you tell I'm with the doctors?

0:41:030:41:14

I'm with Dr Tim Bake irwho is with

the society that helped you train to

0:41:140:41:21

become a medic?

This year it is 400

years since we were given Royal

0:41:210:41:26

Charter. We are in the show to

celebrate that. The charitable

0:41:260:41:30

sector, supported by Journey through

school and medical school to become

0:41:300:41:34

a doctor today.

Even today, so you

help each individual medical school,

0:41:340:41:40

you help someone get through and

qualify?

We help medical students

0:41:400:41:44

that are in need and for our 400th

anniversary we set up a new bursary

0:41:440:41:53

to allow medical students going to

the developing world. All medical

0:41:530:41:56

students can have a look and apply

for one of our bursaries. We have

0:41:560:42:00

got 25 to get out.

Do you ever get

the Dougie Houser comment?

All the

0:42:000:42:05

time.

I'm glad it is not just me.

What have you made of the parade.

0:42:050:42:12

It's great fun and the rain has

stopped which is even better when

0:42:120:42:16

you're wearing this.

Enjoy.

Thank

you very much.

See you later,

0:42:160:42:18

Dougie!

0:42:180:42:26

Now the Royal British Legion band.

There are individuals in this band

0:42:350:42:40

which are ageing, an age range from

nine years old up to the oldest of

0:42:400:42:43

53. As we have already mentioned

this is, of course, Armistice Day

0:42:430:42:49

and the Royal British Legion, they

are the nation's custodians of

0:42:490:42:53

remembrance. They were formed in

1921 and they launched their first

0:42:530:42:58

ever Poppy Appeal on 11th November

that year.

0:42:580:43:06

It is worth saying as well that the

Festival of Remembrance tonight will

0:43:060:43:11

be on BBC One at 9pm. So, a plug for

that on BBC One later on today.

0:43:110:43:21

Of course, quite a few of the people

we're seeing here will be present at

0:43:210:43:26

that festival. Not only in the

crowd, but also those processing.

It

0:43:260:43:33

is a huge weekend for the military.

I would love to know how much boot

0:43:330:43:37

polish gets used in a weekend like

this!

0:43:370:43:43

The Eddie Stobbart lorry has gone,

but if it brakes down, it's in good

0:43:430:43:47

company because here is the

Automobile Association. It looks to

0:43:470:43:55

me as if yes, we have got some

vintage vehicles there. That's what

0:43:550:43:59

you would have summoned if you had

called on help, I don't know, when

0:43:590:44:02

would that have been? Back in the

1950s, I guess.

0:44:020:44:07

And right in the front there,

something that you might have called

0:44:070:44:13

on precar.

Yes, the AA has taken

part in the show for 20 years and a

0:44:130:44:19

big focus happening this year again

on many of their members who have

0:44:190:44:25

been former serving military

themselves. A huge tradition from

0:44:250:44:29

the First World War and through to

today of employing service men and

0:44:290:44:33

women within the AA.

That, I think, is the oldest vehicle

0:44:330:44:42

in the entry. It was built in 1904.

Originally owned by a one-time Lady

0:44:420:44:48

in Waiting to Queen maury who

requested that picnic baskets be

0:44:480:44:54

installed.

Now some rather serious kit here.

0:44:540:45:06

Yes, this is some of the heavy, but

man packable to some degree. It is

0:45:060:45:13

the multilaunch rocket system. It is

an air defence system and now, some

0:45:130:45:16

of our very advanced kit and

equipment, the sort of bomb disposal

0:45:160:45:22

and search robots.

0:45:220:45:29

This is the City of London Engineer

Regiment, their float representing

0:45:290:45:33

the long history in London and

elements of the regiment that have

0:45:330:45:36

been involved in securing the City

of London from the threat of

0:45:360:45:41

unexploded ordinance all the way

through since the Blitz.

It's 150

0:45:410:45:46

year history. The regiment's had 30

name changes. London's remained the

0:45:460:45:53

constant throughout that for 104

years of that. They've got 50 people

0:45:530:46:01

in the Middle East at the moment

training out there.

0:46:010:46:06

When I was a little boy, I was

bought a remote control car for

0:46:100:46:15

Christmas, it was the best present I

ever had. My next guest is a very

0:46:150:46:20

hi-tech remote control. Sir, what

does this do?

It's an alternative to

0:46:200:46:26

the big one you can see on the back

of the truck so we can take to it

0:46:260:46:30

where we need it, rather than

carrying a big vehicle around.

What

0:46:300:46:34

does it search out?

It's a remote

means of dealing with an IED so it

0:46:340:46:40

has various cameras on there. This

one's got a big silver thing that

0:46:400:46:45

you can see and the one on the

wagon's got a leaf blower so we can

0:46:450:46:50

do multiple things in it.

It's

crucial work then, this is finding

0:46:500:46:53

bombs that are going to really hurt

and maim and kill some soldiers,

0:46:530:46:57

this is the thing that saves their

lives?

Yes, it does, yes. You can do

0:46:570:47:02

quite a lot of the task with just

this robot.

Can I have a go?

Of

0:47:020:47:06

course you can.

I'll need to hand

this over.

Forward, left and back.

0:47:060:47:13

OK, let's go. It's quite hard when

you first get to use it but

0:47:130:47:20

afterwards it becomes a lot easier.

Once you get used to it, it's OK.

0:47:200:47:26

I'm going to let that camera get in

front.

0:47:260:47:29

It's really, really hard, I have to

say. I prefer the remote control car

0:47:320:47:37

I had when I was a little boy. Thank

you very much that was brilliant,

0:47:370:47:40

thanks for letting me have a go.

No

problem.

0:47:400:47:45

Sean tries but I've got to say, if

it was me on the ground, I would

0:47:450:47:49

rather it was the man that he was

talking to that was driving it.

I'm

0:47:490:47:54

relieved he kept it pretty much on

the roadway and didn't drive it

0:47:540:47:57

straight into the crowd.

I hate to

imagine how much one of those things

0:47:570:48:02

cost.

Exactly.

0:48:020:48:12

I'm making a point as we watch a cat

on a sitting room scene and we were

0:48:260:48:31

before that seeing a field hospital

and we'll doubtless see all manner

0:48:310:48:35

of other variations of human life.

As you can see, inflatables galore

0:48:350:48:40

and that's really part of the show

isn't it?

It's one of the most

0:48:400:48:45

wonderful things, how it's all

intersporesed, you could easily send

0:48:450:48:49

the military through and send

through the charities, but it's the

0:48:490:48:52

fact that you go from seeing

military hardware followed up by

0:48:520:48:58

giant inflatables, it's just the

atmosphere here, you know, you've

0:48:580:49:02

got to come to the Lord Mayor's

show. If you are watching, take a

0:49:020:49:06

year out, come down and watch it.

The atmosphere is just wonderful

0:49:060:49:09

here.

The household troops band of

the Salvation Army playing Montreal

0:49:090:49:20

Citadel led by Carl Saunders.

0:49:200:49:24

This morning, a mum tweeted med

saying she was too poorly to come to

0:49:380:49:41

the parade today but go and see her

daughter at the girl guides. Your

0:49:410:49:46

wish is my command, they are

parading beautifully and Amy is a

0:49:460:49:50

Girl Guide leader, you have been

involved with them since a young

0:49:500:49:53

age?

Since? Since five but before

then also.

What difference has it

0:49:530:50:00

made to your life?

It's really

helped grow confidence in girls and

0:50:000:50:04

I can see other girls as well, and

it's helped shape my future as a

0:50:040:50:08

teacher. I chose special needs

because of some of the tuns I'd had

0:50:080:50:13

with Girl Guiding.

I was a guide

more than 20 years ago, you are one

0:50:130:50:19

in 2017. What do you get up to now?

We get up to lots of different

0:50:190:50:26

activities that we wouldn't be able

to do anywhere else.

Like this.

Like

0:50:260:50:32

this, yes.

And we can run around

camps.

It's all about empowering

0:50:320:50:38

women isn't it?

Yes and empowering

them to have the confidence and to

0:50:380:50:43

give them skills to take into the

modern world.

0:50:430:50:47

I didn't do too badly. Thank you

very much. Enjoy!

Thank you very

0:50:470:50:51

much.

0:50:510:50:52

Fantastic. If you are joining us,

you are just watching of course, the

0:50:580:51:05

Lord Mayor's Parade, winding through

the City of London through the

0:51:050:51:10

ancient narrow streets. It's an

extraordinary feat that they manage

0:51:100:51:13

it, it's, as we have said right at

the start, an unrehearsed show, the

0:51:130:51:18

largest unrehearsed show in the

world but it's also well organised

0:51:180:51:21

and has to be because otherwise you

would have articulated lorries, you

0:51:210:51:26

would have people, you would have

inflatables of various sorts jammed

0:51:260:51:32

in these streets. That is not JJ,

what you want.

No, that doesn't keep

0:51:320:51:37

London running. There are 6,500

people here today and every one of

0:51:370:51:40

them will leave with a certificate

and get a packed lunch down at the

0:51:400:51:44

other end. It's made by the likes of

the Girl Guides. To keep them moving

0:51:440:51:50

and fed, it's a tremendous piece of

logistics that quite frankly that's

0:51:500:51:56

what London does. It's right that

London can stop, close the streets

0:51:560:52:01

to put something like this on.

All

of it to celebrate the fact that we

0:52:010:52:05

have a new Lord Mayor. And he takes

that job, there he is, Charles

0:52:050:52:11

Bowman, takes that job for a year,

he comes to the job with various

0:52:110:52:15

things he wants to do. Charles

Bowman wants to improve the image of

0:52:150:52:21

business generally around the

country. He'll be travelling around

0:52:210:52:24

the country and also abroad and

there are representatives of foreign

0:52:240:52:29

banks and others based here who're

also very much part of this parade.

0:52:290:52:36

Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

just one of them. It's not just

0:52:360:52:41

London centric. We have floats from

Yorkshire and from all over the

0:52:410:52:47

world. You get a real sense of the

scale of it all as these floats pass

0:52:470:52:53

the crowd. Look at the size of that

robot, I hope Sean isn't controlling

0:52:530:53:00

that one at this point!

Please, no.

The City of London Corporation -

0:53:000:53:05

Cleansing. The point of that robot

is, if you look really closely, I

0:53:050:53:09

don't know if you can see, it's made

out of wheelie bins, the whole

0:53:090:53:13

thing. Four metres tall I should

think. Let's hope they're screwed

0:53:130:53:19

together properly. It's quite a work

of art.

0:53:190:53:23

Has it comes towards us, the point

of it is that the City of London

0:53:280:53:37

Corporation - Cleansing - those

people are part of the task, part of

0:53:370:53:41

the team that keeps this place as

clean as it is. If you can see

0:53:410:53:49

behind them as well, other things

made out of cans and plastics, all

0:53:490:54:00

to do with the anti-littering

message. It's a special day for

0:54:000:54:03

everyone. For some, it's even more

special than others. It's your

0:54:030:54:07

birthday isn't it?

Yes, 16th

birthday.

16 today, happy birthday.

0:54:070:54:15

As an army Cadet you have to train

for all sorts of things don't you

0:54:150:54:19

but you have also been a hero?

Yes,

there was a situation in which I had

0:54:190:54:25

to save somebody's life and do CPR.

It was a really good experience, I

0:54:250:54:29

helped out somebody in the

community. After that, I felt better

0:54:290:54:33

preserving life. It was the youth

techniques I've learnt from school

0:54:330:54:38

and the army Cadets. I've had a lot

of people to help me over the time

0:54:380:54:42

I've done it in, people in my

attachment. It's a really happy

0:54:420:54:49

experience saving someone's life.

Did you get an award for it?

I've

0:54:490:54:53

been put down for two awards, one

through the Army Cadets and

0:54:530:54:58

hopefully I'll get that next March.

What a way to celebrate here and

0:54:580:55:02

your birthday. This is a gin

birthday party for you! Thank you.

0:55:020:55:08

What a remarkable young man. I mean,

utterly incredible. Myself, I was a

0:55:080:55:14

Royal Marine Cadet and yes it led to

me joining the marines myself but if

0:55:140:55:19

I'd only just had my experience, the

confidence and skills it gave me

0:55:190:55:25

would have steadied me extremely

well in life and he's a testament to

0:55:250:55:28

the work of the Cadets.

0:55:280:55:30

All of this being enjoyed by lots of

ages, lots of children here taking

0:55:380:55:41

part in the parade, but also a range

of ages watching it and enjoying the

0:55:410:55:46

floats as they come past. Plenty of

those floats representing not only

0:55:460:55:54

people, organisations based here in

the City of London, but also those

0:55:540:55:59

from around the world.

0:55:590:56:02

This is the Royal Yeomanry founded

in 1967, so very much one of the

0:56:060:56:12

younger military groups here, the

amalgamation of several historic

0:56:120:56:17

cavalry regiments, those dated back

an awful long way to 1794, but the

0:56:170:56:24

Yeomanry themselves recently formed.

Yes. They brought some hardware with

0:56:240:56:27

them.

0:56:270:56:31

That was in service in the 60s.

They've brought with them also a

0:56:340:56:40

Land Rover stripped back and the

weapons platform is added on, giving

0:56:400:56:46

them the ability to add weapons on

the ground to support troops as they

0:56:460:56:50

move forward.

The second of the two

Saracen vehicles you would have seen

0:56:500:56:57

in Northern Ireland at the height of

the troubles. It's not really a

0:56:570:57:00

vintage vehicle is it, but it's a

vehicle that's not in service any

0:57:000:57:03

more.

0:57:030:57:08

I'm with Commondant Phillipa and the

first-aid nursing Yeomanry. Tell us

0:57:140:57:18

about the role you play in London's

emergency response?

Well, we are an

0:57:180:57:26

old unit that were set up in 1907,

an all-female volunteer

0:57:260:57:31

organisation, and we support civil

and military authorities. And this

0:57:310:57:39

year, we've given I think over 5,000

hours of support to 150 members,

0:57:390:57:45

including helping out with the

tragic terrorist incidents in London

0:57:450:57:50

and Manchester and Grenfell Tower.

So you are really an essential part

0:57:500:57:53

of that response. Second lieutenant

Zoe Brookes here joined two years

0:57:530:57:56

ago because you found out that a

member of your family had a personal

0:57:560:58:02

connection to the Fannies as you

call yourself?

That's right. My aunt

0:58:020:58:08

couldn't stay at home, she went to

France. Via Spain then to England,

0:58:080:58:14

she joined the SOE and parachuted

back into occupied France. She was

0:58:140:58:19

executed there as she went back

there. I met her at plaque unveiling

0:58:190:58:24

and was encouraged to join and here

I am.

You are parading with your

0:58:240:58:29

great aunt in mind?

That's right.

Today would have been her 100th

0:58:290:58:33

birthday so it's amazing to be here

with all of these women, this is the

0:58:330:58:37

best legacy I could have asked for,

it's really positive.

Gosh that's

0:58:370:58:41

worked out so well. Enjoy the day.

Thank you very much.

It was really

0:58:410:58:45

nice to see those pictures of your

aunt as well.

0:58:450:58:49

London's had a tough year but it's

thanks to individuals like that and

0:58:530:58:57

the incredible emergency services

that have put on such a thing.

0:58:570:59:00

Myself who has suffered trauma in

Afghanistan can tell you that the

0:59:000:59:07

work which military surgeons and

also NHS surgeons do is utterly

0:59:070:59:11

incredible and not just life-saving

but in so many ways life-changing

0:59:110:59:15

too.

0:59:150:59:19

This Battalion marked its 50th

anniversary this year. It's the

0:59:220:59:31

Milita Intelligence Battalion and

they are have that status which was

0:59:310:59:40

give tonne them by the previous Lord

Mayor. -- give tonne them by the

0:59:400:59:45

previous Lord Mayor.

0:59:450:59:47

Privileged status as sort of the

military groupings equivalent of the

0:59:520:59:58

freedom of the City effectively,

allowing them to enter the City with

0:59:581:00:03

the bay boyonets and drums. Keep

your messages coming in, by the way.

1:00:031:00:17

Perhaps you know someone who is

taking part and want to send them a

1:00:191:00:23

message. Whatever you want to say,

do get in touch.

1:00:231:00:27

Bugles and drums playing The scam

shamrock as they march through

1:00:461:00:51

Mansion House.

1:00:511:00:53

They have made their way from

Dusseldorf, Germany, showing this is

1:01:011:01:05

just so much more than just Britain

on show and London on show.

It is an

1:01:051:01:11

important point that, isn't it? We

have people here being watched by an

1:01:111:01:15

attentive crowd and by the Lord

Mayor and the lady mayoress who have

1:01:151:01:21

come just not from London, not just

other parts of the country, but from

1:01:211:01:26

the outside world as well.

It feels like I have seen everything

1:01:261:01:34

at the Lord Mayor's Show, but I

haven't seen anything as colourful

1:01:341:01:38

as these guys. You are getting a

great reaction from the crowd.

This

1:01:381:01:44

makes a change from wearing a suit

every day.

You are a solicitor! Can

1:01:441:01:48

you get away with this?

Well, it is

nice to get solicitors together from

1:01:481:01:53

time to time and wear something

different and show that solicitors

1:01:531:01:59

are more fun than writing forms

every day.

It has got you together

1:01:591:02:05

with other solicitors?

Yes. It is

nice to get together and show we are

1:02:051:02:10

friendly as well.

What about the

other solicitors you're against?

1:02:101:02:15

Have any recognised you on the TV?

A

couple of years ago I was having a

1:02:151:02:19

detailed conversation on the phone,

at the end of the conversation they

1:02:191:02:22

said, "Have I seen you on the

television looking dressed up as

1:02:221:02:26

something in London?" I was like oh

dear, my credibility has gone!

You

1:02:261:02:31

can guarantee he wasn't having as

much fun as you.

Absolutely.

You

1:02:311:02:35

will have a lot of fun today. Thank

you very much, enjoy yourself.

1:02:351:02:45

Now, this is a good enough college.

It is a long-standing connection to

1:02:511:02:56

the office of the Lord Mayor. Had a

campus that was expanded after the

1:02:561:03:01

Second World War, thanks in part to

the Lord Mayor's national Northern

1:03:011:03:05

Banks giving fund and you can see

the walkers in international

1:03:051:03:09

dressing gowns. They represent the

nationalities of their regiments, it

1:03:091:03:17

is residents, I have got regiments

on the brain, but that's your

1:03:171:03:21

business, JJ, not mine!

1:03:211:03:30

Well, it's actually in Lord Mayor's

years past, the weather se pretty

1:03:381:03:43

good for a Lord Mayor's Show I would

say. The weather is holding off but

1:03:431:03:47

as we always say, it never dampens

the spirits of people here and every

1:03:471:03:50

so often I have to take my head

phones off just to get the full

1:03:501:03:53

atmosphere. The sound of the drums

just echoing off the buildings

1:03:531:03:57

around us. It's just tremendous.

We

saw there, just passed, or they have

1:03:571:04:03

just passed us Epping Forest being

celebrated. Epping Forest, it's a

1:04:031:04:06

really important open space in

London. Not a space that you

1:04:061:04:10

necessarily come to if you come to

visit London, but it does actually

1:04:101:04:14

attract a lot of visitors, 4.2

million visits a year and they are

1:04:141:04:18

very proud of it and they are very

happy to be here. One million trees

1:04:181:04:23

in Epping Forest.

Ah, Captain America and his son are

1:04:231:04:31

here keeping us safe!

And their many

friends.

1:04:311:04:37

Now, this is the first Hook Scout

and Guide Band. They performed in

1:04:371:04:48

the Paralympics in London in 2012.

No strangers to large events in

1:04:481:04:53

London then.

And they are a relatively ancient,

1:04:531:04:59

inasmuch as they were founded back

in the 1930s. I suppose it doesn't

1:04:591:05:06

really compare with plenty of the

regiments that we have seen, but

1:05:061:05:09

it's something.

Back to inflatables now.

An

1:05:091:05:13

inflatable rib of beef!

It must be the Company of Butchers,

1:05:131:05:24

of course!

We've got a pig's head as well.

1:05:241:05:32

Yes.

Every aspect of pigs, haven't

we? Somewhere down there as well,

1:05:321:05:40

there is Corporal Jones. That's

Corporal Jones' vehicle. One of the

1:05:401:05:46

things they're celebrating is

Corporal Jones, the loved character

1:05:461:05:49

from Dad's Army, they have got 11

lookalikes dressed and look like

1:05:491:05:55

other characters from Dad's Army. It

is a refurbished butcher's van from

1:05:551:06:00

the 1930s. It is the kind of van

that Corporal Jones in Dad's Army

1:06:001:06:05

would have driven.

1:06:051:06:16

I'm glad they made it with their

inflatable beef too. We were

1:06:181:06:23

reliably informed if the weather was

too windy they might not be able to

1:06:231:06:28

parade the beef.

It has been held up

by eight butchers. Maybe they would

1:06:281:06:33

need eight butchers.

She is not sure

it's going to stay in place, is she?

1:06:331:06:40

We are at the stage now with the

senior service, the Air Force, the

1:06:401:06:44

junior service have been through the

army and now the Navy. This is the

1:06:441:06:48

band of her majesty's Royal Marines,

the greatest military band in the

1:06:481:06:53

world playing. Then we have

individuals from the 43 Commando,

1:06:531:07:08

Fleet Protection Group. O squadron,

it is a squadron I served in Belize

1:07:081:07:14

with. They will be taking part in

ceremonies throughout the week. They

1:07:141:07:23

are based up in Faslane.

What does

it mean to them to be doing this

1:07:231:07:27

today?

It is incredible. The Lord

Mayor's Show is an amazing occasion

1:07:271:07:31

to be part of. It is such a

celebration of so many things and so

1:07:311:07:34

many things military in that sense.

But it falls on this Armistice Day.

1:07:341:07:39

It falls on remembrance. So

throughout this weekend, there is

1:07:391:07:42

also this huge point of reflection

and as much effort as it is to get

1:07:421:07:51

your uniform looking crisp, you are

so happy to did it and so honoured,

1:07:511:07:54

because you are doing it to

represent those who cannot be here,

1:07:541:07:58

who have fallen in service and those

that came before us.

1:07:581:08:08

The Royal Marines were formed only

about half a mile from here back on

1:08:121:08:20

28th October 1664. We have recently

celebrated our birthday.

And behind

1:08:201:08:29

them, the Royal Navy Reserve from

HMS President. They have got a

1:08:291:08:34

marching detachment and somewhere in

there as well, they are pulling a

1:08:341:08:37

field gun.

Yes, the field gun at the rear there

1:08:371:08:41

and the Lord Mayor himself was at

HMS President today.

1:08:411:08:49

Now this sight here, as you see, two

young Commando recruits who are

1:08:491:08:55

carrying each other in a fireman's

carrier around the three-and-a-half

1:08:551:08:59

mile around the route. That is going

to be tough work let me assure you

1:08:591:09:03

that. Those guys are carrying at

least 32lbs of kit on their back.

1:09:031:09:09

They will be taking it in turns, but

that's a strong, strong shout.

1:09:091:09:13

Although they are smiling and

running now, my goodness, that's

1:09:131:09:16

showing off a bit, although they are

smiling and running, they are making

1:09:161:09:19

a point which quite a few of the

military paraders have been making.

1:09:191:09:23

That is that, they are doing some

pretty serious stuff and if people

1:09:231:09:27

are thinking of coming and joining

them as you were mentioning earlier

1:09:271:09:30

on during the First World War,

people actually got into step with

1:09:301:09:33

them, didn't they and left and

joined straight after.

That was it,

1:09:331:09:38

it was Kitchener's Army. You could

join the rear of the parade and off

1:09:381:09:42

you went to war effectively.

1:09:421:09:52

The troops of the Royal Marine

reserves City of London there. I

1:10:001:10:04

served in the Royal Marine reserve

myself. You wear the same green

1:10:041:10:10

beret as your counterparts going

through the same Commando course. I

1:10:101:10:19

did a spell in America and they are

in the same green beret.

1:10:191:10:27

And there, of course -- they have

historical links with the City of

1:10:271:10:30

London. They have had the links

through the whole of the last

1:10:301:10:32

century. HMS President is an

operational Royal Navy verve unit

1:10:321:10:36

based on the River Thames in the

Borough of Tower Hamlets. Very, very

1:10:361:10:40

close to here.

Well, this is truly a

Lord Mayor's Show sight as we see

1:10:401:10:48

grannies on electrical trolleys I

would say!

Yes, grannies on

1:10:481:10:53

trolleys!

Yes, this is welcome to Yorkshire

1:10:531:10:57

and again it shows that this is not

just about the City of London, they

1:10:571:11:02

travelled down from Yorkshire to be

part of the parade.

Do we know what

1:11:021:11:06

grannies on trolleys have to do with

Yorkshire?

Someone asked and I

1:11:061:11:10

believe they said it's just a bit of

fun! When I think of Yorkshire, it's

1:11:101:11:15

not the first thing that springs to

mind.

But it will be now! That's the

1:11:151:11:19

point, I guess and that's the point

of this parade, I guess.

1:11:191:11:29

And again you have this

extraordinary position, you have the

1:11:291:11:33

grannies on their Segways, if indeed

they were Segways and then you have

1:11:331:11:36

another military band and then you

have a range of ages as well as we

1:11:361:11:39

can see there and so many, it has

been really striking to me the youth

1:11:391:11:43

of so many of those marching and

particularly the youth of those

1:11:431:11:48

marching in military formation.

Yes, it's a tremendous thing the

1:11:481:11:55

cadet movement, the Sea Cadets, the

air cadets and the Army cadets. It

1:11:551:11:58

is similar to that of the Girl

Guides or the Boy Scouts, but it is

1:11:581:12:02

engrained in a military tradition.

It teaches discipline and skills,

1:12:021:12:05

and gives you so much confidence to

come out here and parade on these

1:12:051:12:09

streets and keep in time and wave to

the Lord Mayor. It's tremendous.

And

1:12:091:12:13

also JJ, to have the Lord Mayor wave

back and to have the appreciation of

1:12:131:12:18

him, of these dignitaries and of

this huge crowd as well. Something

1:12:181:12:23

that an awful lot, particularly of

the younger people here just won't

1:12:231:12:26

have experienced before.

Another

sight you don't see every day in

1:12:261:12:35

London - a combine harvester making

its way through the streets!

1:12:351:12:42

Once a year is when you see it and

only in these streets when something

1:12:421:12:48

has gone horribly wrong. Yes, a

combine harvester.

The Worshipful

1:12:481:12:58

Company of Farmers.

1:12:581:13:07

We were talking about the military

vehicles and actually the damage

1:13:151:13:18

they would do to the streets if they

were able to parade fully. We saw

1:13:181:13:23

some vehicles earlier on that were

on flatbeds, you don't drive a tank

1:13:231:13:28

down here and use the street later

on in the day.

But you can drive a

1:13:281:13:32

combine harvester, but the front of

it has been taken off because I

1:13:321:13:36

don't think the streets would be

wide enough for a full combine

1:13:361:13:39

harvester!

And of course pandas representing

1:13:391:13:46

the fact that this is reflecting all

over the world.

1:13:461:14:00

Scat Zhejiang Association.

It is the first time they have taken

1:14:001:14:07

part in the show. 50 participants

included in their entry and they

1:14:071:14:12

were founded in 2009. They promote

ties between the UK and China and

1:14:121:14:18

when you think of those ties and you

think of the importance of those

1:14:181:14:21

ties, particularly, of course, in

the business world, it goes back to

1:14:211:14:26

one of the things that the Lord

Mayor wants to do during his year in

1:14:261:14:29

office and that is to promote not

just Britain abroad and the city

1:14:291:14:34

abroad, although that's a very

important part of it, but also

1:14:341:14:39

promote the idea that business, that

doing business, and that this place,

1:14:391:14:43

the City of London, is a decent

place to be and a decent place to

1:14:431:14:48

work and a very important place to

work.

1:14:481:14:59

The Prince's Trust.

I'm with Dominic

Reid the pageantmaster. This is

1:14:591:15:04

coming up to the end of the parade,

but it is not the end of the

1:15:041:15:08

festivities for the Lord Mayor, is

it?

It is the whole day. The Lord

1:15:081:15:13

Mayor is going to the Royal Courts

of Justice and swear his allegiance

1:15:131:15:16

to the sovereign and then he will

come back here and after that, he is

1:15:161:15:19

going to the fireworks. There is a

great firework display on the Thames

1:15:191:15:23

at 5.15pm. So there is plenty more

to come.

A whole day of celebration.

1:15:231:15:29

This is not your first year, it is

your 26th year as pageantmaster.

1:15:291:15:34

What do you make of this year? Are

you able to sum up what you have

1:15:341:15:37

seen so far?

1:15:371:15:44

It's terrific. The content's been

very good. It's been a nice day.

1:15:441:15:50

Congratulations. What I've seen so

far has been absolutely wonderful.

1:15:501:15:53

Well done.

Thank you very much.

1:15:531:15:57

Dominic Reid, I'm sure a man who

sleeps well at the end of such an

1:16:001:16:05

occasion. He actually inherited the

role from his father who was the

1:16:051:16:11

Pageantmaster before him. I think if

you vaguely recognise him, you

1:16:111:16:15

should do, he's been doing it for

some time and took over from his

1:16:151:16:18

father, really is a family business

and what a business too! He

1:16:181:16:23

absolutely has to get this right.

1:16:231:16:26

Now, as we watch the parade

continue, we sadly can't continue

1:16:351:16:40

for much longer to broadcast it.

It's almost time for us to say

1:16:401:16:44

goodbye. Although of course for

these people, the day's actually

1:16:441:16:48

only just begun, it really does go

on all day and lots of people here

1:16:481:16:53

are going to enjoy their day in

London. I have thoroughly enjoyed

1:16:531:16:58

the inflatables and all the rest of

it, but I thoroughly have enjoyed

1:16:581:17:02

the mix. I think that, JJ, is what I

take from it?

Yes, there's such a

1:17:021:17:07

mix here, but it's always the fact

for me that this is a huge military

1:17:071:17:10

occasion. Many of the soldiers will

on to the fest Ralls of remembrance

1:17:101:17:16

at the cenotaph. This is a weekend

of celebration and indeed

1:17:161:17:20

reflection.

1:17:201:17:23

I'm afraid it's time to say goodbye

to these festivities. I've loved how

1:17:491:17:56

young this show's felt this year.

This is my first Lord Mayor's show

1:17:561:17:59

and I've been struck by the feast of

sound and music and colour, it's

1:17:591:18:04

just been amazing. A pomp and

pageantry parade of young and old

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and all sorts of animals. Fantastic

and so much enthusiasm. It's all

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been brought together by the Lord

Mayor's Show, an amazing

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achievement.

People have really

enjoyed themselves here, people have

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been politely sipping champagne on

the sides. We hope you've enjoyed it

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as much as we have. We hope you have

a sense of the spectacle that this

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is. See you next time.

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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.


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