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On Saturday 10 November 2018, the Lord Mayors Show took place through the City of London.  The show has an incredible history dating back to 1215. 

A brief history taken from the Lord Mayors Show Website (https://lordmayorsshow.london) can be found below.

This year the show had 148 floats of various shapes and sizes celebrating Londons companies, organisations and volunteers.  As you can imagine organisation of such an event is planned meticulously ans timings are exact to the second.  Assisting in the smooth running of such a huge event is an army of Military personnel, both Regular and Reserve, Serving and Retired.  Wearing Military uniform and the red armband of an official show marshal, they are assigned into small sections in order to work in teams to 'look after' sections of the parade.  This is to offer assistance, guidance and support to the participants, as well as offer a level of control to both the security and timings of the event. 

The picture shows four QARANC serving Officers about to start their Marshalling duties following a 0600hrs breakfast briefing at the Haberdashers Hall in London.

Left to Right

Major Alex Saunders, 10th year as a Marshal and presently posted to Medical Branch, Regional Command in Aldershot.

Major Andy Stubbs, 6th year as a Marshal and presently posted to 306 Hospital Support Regiment.

Major Ali Price, 8th year as a Marshal and presently posted to MOSG as SO2 Med Plans and is specialising in patient evacuation.

Lt George Chapman, 1st year as a Marshal and presently posted to 254 Medical Regiment.

History

The new Mayor of London was supposed to stand by King John as his Barons rebelled and the country drifted into civil war, but London’s rich European merchants had other ideas.

In 1215 King John’s disastrous reign was falling apart. His armies were retreating in France, he was completely broke and his Barons were on the edge of open revolt. Soon he would be forced to sign the Magna Carta, which he would go on ignoring until civil war finally broke out and he died of dysentery while marching from one besieged city to another.

London is right in the middle of the coming conflict. It is rich but vulnerable, hard to rule but easy to invade. The city is squeezed by the King’s taxes and frequently held hostage by warring Barons, and this is very bad for business.  For years London had been trying to organise itself into a ‘commune’: a sort of early city state that would be able to declare its borders, make agreements and defend itself. The King may have thought it was a clever move to go along with this, and in 1215 he issued a Royal Charter creating the commune and allowing the City to elect its own Mayor every year.

The King added a condition: every year the newly elected Mayor must leave the safety of the City, travel upriver to the small town of Westminster and swear loyalty to him. The Lord Mayor has now made that journey for over 800 years, despite plagues and fires and countless wars, and pledged his (and her) loyalty to 34 kings and queens of England.

In fact the loyalty of 13th century London was quite flexible, and when it sided with a group of rebellious barons, the King was finally brought to the negotiating table. From this came the Magna Carta and the birth of modern Britain. Among its 25 signatories was the second elected Mayor of London, William Hardel, no doubt responsible for the inclusion of part 13:

13. The city of London shall enjoy all its ancient liberties and free customs, both by land and by water. We also will and grant that all other cities, boroughs, towns, and ports shall enjoy all their liberties and free customs.

The Mayor became the “Lord Mayor” about a century later but it remained an elected office and for the next few hundred years, Lord Mayor of London was by far the grandest position to which a commoner could aspire.

The Mayor’s journey was the celebrity spectacle of its day and over the centuries it grew so splendid and so popular that by the 16th century it was known everywhere as the Lord Mayor’s Show. It features in the plays of Shakespeare, the diaries of Peyps and the adventures of James Bond and of course in the pantomime story of Dick Whittington, who really was the Mayor of London three times. In the 20th century the Lord Mayor’s Show was the first outside event ever to be broadcast live and it still attracts a TV audience of millions.

The modern Lord Mayor's procession is a direct descendant of that first journey to Westminster. The route and date have changed over the years, but the pageantry of Hogarth and Canaletto can still be seen in its lively mixture of London’s past, present and future. The state coach is over 250 years old, and the pikemen who guard it are almost as old as the Show. Today you will see the City’s businesses, Livery Companies, charities, Her Majesty’s Forces, the City Police and Londoners from all walks of life come together to enjoy a splendid celebration of the City’s ancient power and prosperity, just as they did in the middle ages. 

Our Association members are invited to apply for The Not Forgotten Association Christmas Luncheons with Entertainment taking place in December. 

Kirknewton, Edinburgh on 10th December 

Durham on 11th December

Broughton, Lancashire on 12th December

Wrexham on 13th December

Bransford, Worcester on 14th December

 

Please contact RHQ clicking 'EMAIL US'  or 01276 412754 to apply.  We have been offered 4 spaces for each event, tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Col Jane Carey Harris arranged a most splendid outing to the Cutler's Company at their Hall in the City of London.  The Cutlers are one of the most ancient livery companies in the city having received their Royal Charter in 1416 from King Henry V and made the swords for the Battle of Agincourt.
 
We were greeted by a The Beadle & were offered a most welcome cuppa before our tour started. We were told about the history of the Company & the importance of the cutting tool. We were also given the history of their hall which has been rebuilt several times. It is a truly beautiful building. All those involved with the tour were obviously proud of their heritage & made it most interesting.
We were then taken into the Court Room & told the story about the Rose water ritual & the passing of the Loving Cup. We enacted this which was followed by the passing of the Madeira decanter & our "Acting Master" Major Karen Ives proposing the toasts. We all then sang the National Anthem.
 
After our fascinating tour we were treated to a wonderful lunch preceded by a glass of Champagne. The menu that Col Jane had chosen was delicious & enjoyed by all. Of course, there was fine wine to accompany the meal which was followed by coffee & mints. We were delighted that friends of members & several of our honorary members together with a member from the Welsh Branch & members of the City Volunteers Officers Club were able to join us.
 
This years outing will be remembered as one of our most successful. It was enjoyed by all, not only for what we learnt, but because of the enthusiasm of those who proudly told us about their livery company.

Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope is a unique sculptural piece commemorating the sacrifices made by the generation who served during the Great War and the legacies the conflict created.  Composed using battlefield mud from Passchendaele and earth taken from a Great War military camp in the U.K the work starts thoroughly soaked. As the wet mud dries and cracks the five battle weary silhouettes gradually appear, trudging home their backs to the past and facing the future.

Deep within the mud millions of ungerminated poppy seeds lay dormant. 

When decommissioned segments of the sculpture comprising of the dried earth and seeds will be made available to the public to create their own artworks or memorial gardens, therefore allowing the legacy of the work to continue in another form indefinitely. This is an artwork which is as much about those who returned home from the Great War as it is about those who didn’t. 

Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope will be on display in Ripon Cathedral from 3rd October to 14th November. 

Admission to the exhibit is free, to the Cathedral by voluntary donation and can be viewed 7 days a week from 9:30-17:00.

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