Today, 132 cadets had the honour of taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Parade in Central London. For over 800 years the newly elected Lord Mayor of London has made his or her way from the City to distant Westminster to swear loyalty to the Crown. Over the centuries this journey grew into the riotous mediæval pageant known to all as the Lord Mayor’s Show – the first outside event ever to be shown live on television and still the oldest and grandest civic procession in the world.
After an early start, the cadets formed up near Mansion House, where the parade began its journey through central London. Cadets from London and Middlesex Wings provided marching contingents, and the LASER band joined the 19 other bands in the musical procession. At 11:00, the parade came to a halt, and two minutes silence were observed as a mark of Remembrance.
Cadets on camera
The parade continued on to St Paul’s Cathedral, directly past the BBC cameras, who were filming this special occasion. After a brief pause for lunch at St Clement Danes, the procession then moved along the embankment, past Temple and Blackfriars, eventually making its way back to Mansion House. The second half of the parade was particularly well attended, with the public clapping and cheering at the band’s incredible performance (which also made it on to the BBC news coverage!)
As well as the main marching contingents, and the LASER band, several squadrons were also present at the parade with their affiliated Livery Companies.Congratulations to all of the cadets who took part, and the adult volunteers who made this possible.