A couple of weeks ago I took my daughters up to London to see the Lord Mayor’s Show. In previous years there have been so many people that you couldn’t get anywhere near the procession, but somehow we just struck lucky this year and managed to find a gap right on the kerbside.
The Lord Mayor Elect left Guildhall at around 10.45am, and via and RAF flypast, received his blessing on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral and ended at around twenty to one at the Royal Courts of Justice. The procession of participating organisations, starting with the Band of the Scots Guards and ending with the City of London Cleansing Department (wonder if that’s where the phrase “after the Lord Mayor’s Show comes the dustcart” comes from?) took around an hour to pass. It was superb as ever and I was please to see that my old school, Colfe’s in Lee Green had its own float, being affiliated to the Leatherseller’s Company. I was also surprised to see my colleague Mark Lumsden-Taylor, Finance Director at Hadlow College in the parade!
Alderman Nick Anstee was elected on 29th September, although he didn’t take office until after the “Silent Ceremony” at Guildhall on Friday 13th November, the day before the Show. This year he became the 682nd Lord Mayor of London, and the City’s premier citizen, based at Mansion House. I became a Freeman of the City of London some years ago and later joined the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards – number 75. Since I was awarded the Freedom before my kids were born, they will both be entitled to become Freemen when they’re old enough, and it was great to begin to show them some of the traditions of the world’s greatest City.