On Saturday 12 November, London celebrated the installation of the 684th Lord Mayor of London, Alderman David Wootton at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show. Based at Mansion House, his principal role is ambassador for all UK based financial and professional services. Not to be confused with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who is concerned with the strategic governance of Greater London.
The procession is a spectacular show of Britain at its best with thousands lining the three mile route which passes from The Guildhall via Mansion House to St Paul’s Cathedral (where the Lord Mayor is blessed) to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears allegiance to the Crown.
The 6000+ participants included the Great Twelve Livery Companies (Mercers, Grocers, Drapers, Fishmongers, Goldsmiths, Merchant Taylors, Skinners, Habadashers, Salters, Ironmongers, Vintners and Clothworkers) as well as marching bands, charities, schools, Yeoman Warders, Pikemen and Musketeers, former Lord Mayors, sheriff’s, members of the clergy, the City of London Police and more. Spectacular Carriages (some supplied by the Royal Mews), horses, sheep, Stephen Fry (doing a ‘fry-on-the-wall documentary), Clare Balding (trotting alongside the procession in inimitable style presenting for the BBC) gowns, fur, swords, muskets, pikes, bejewelled chains of office, maces – a pageant of colour and carnival to welcome the new Lord Mayor.
Alderman David Wootton, Lord Mayor is not merely some ‘corporate lawyer chappie’ (Guardian Sports journalist Martin Kelner bemoaning the fact that the Show was broadcast on BBC1 in the place of Football Focus) who dresses up in gown and tricorn. He works exceptionally hard representing the interests of the City both in the UK and abroad, giving over 700 speeches throughout the year and addressing over 10,000 people each month. I might add that he does not take a salary for this position. I wish him the best with the challenges that lie ahead.
The 2012 Lord Mayor’s Show is on Saturday 10 November.
Further images from the show can be seen on the following link http://rubyslippersphoto.com/LordMayorShow2011/index.html
In May 2010 my book on the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers at the Lord Mayor’s Show 2009 was presented to HM The Queen by the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers. The book can be viewed on the following link. http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1364573
If you would like to buy a copy of the book (limited edition of 150) please contact me directly as I have some copies. Likewise if you would like a print or license to use any of the images. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pageant Master of almost 20 years, Dominic Reid OBE gives a lecture on the history of the Lord Mayor’s Show: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-history-of-the-lord-mayor’s-show