Lord Mayor’s Show 2021
Over 40 young people from 8 different uniformed youth organisations made up the YOU London float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.
The Show dates back to the early 13th century, when King John rashly allowed the City of London to appoint its own Mayor. He insisted that each newly-elected Mayor should come to Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown, and the Lord Mayor of London has been making that journey for over 800 years. Around him (and her) grew up the noisy, colourful, joyous procession that over the centuries became known as the Lord Mayor’s Show.
The 2021 Lord Mayor’s Procession included full-size model elephants, Japanese drummers, a horse-drawn bus, the tallest fire engine in Europe and of course, the Lord Mayor’s splendid State Coach, the oldest ceremonial vehicle in the world still in regular use.
Emily Edwards, a Police Cadet from Kingston, was interviewed on our float by Mollie King as part of the BBC’s coverage of the show. At 13, Emily came across an accident where two people were injured. She took control of the scene and wouldn’t let anyone remove the elderly couple from the car as she recognised they could have spinal injuries. Emily kept them calm until the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade arrived. She was praised by the London Ambulance Service for her actions and being brave enough to tell adults what to do at a serious incident. You can watch full coverage of the Lord Mayor’s Show on iPlayer at bbc.in/3kTJsu3. The interview is about 50 minutes into the coverage.
More images of our float can be viewed here.