Later that evening at the Lord Mayor's banquet at the Mansion House , Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the huge contribution the City makes through taxes, trade and employment - though he did mention the " utterly terrible mistakes" made and promised to crack down on law-breaking , boost transparency and " clear up the regulatory mess".
He warned that those who think the answer is merely to trash the banks would end up trashing Britain. The financial sector even through the recession had contributed 1/8th of the exchequer's revenues.
The City does does other good works as I found out last weekend.
These include the City Music Foundation, Futures for Kids, Gifford Wood Appeal, Harold Samuel Collection, and the Lord Mayor’s Scholarship programme.
|Lord Mayor Gifford waving to the crowds outside St Paul's Cathedral on his way to take the oath of allegiance to the monarch at the Inns of Court on Saturday November 10th 2012. The coach is the oldest ceremonial vehicle still in regular use|
For my short you tube clip of Lord Mayor Roger Gifford waving to the crowds 2012 show Click here
|The beautiful coach needed to be|
towed home to the museum of London
“At this time of uncertainty, the City’s role in our society needs to be seen in perspective – and that needs re balancing. This is a theme that I shall promote during the year. London is a global centre for philanthropy and the City’s massive contribution to the economy and for instance the arts is well worth shouting about.” Lord Mayor Gifford
The History bit
Ever since then, the Lord Mayor has ridden in a coach.
On 4th April 1757 Sir Charles Asgill commissioned the magnificent State Coach from Joseph Berry of Holborn.
In today's money that's about £120,000, but it has been estimated that just to construct a replica today would cost over
£2 million. Its real value is incalculable.
|The Company of Pikemen and Musketeers Company |
of the Honourable Artillery Company
at the 2012 Lord mayor's Show
In 1751, Great Britain replaced the Julian Calendar with the Gregorian Calendar; the Lord Mayor's Show was then moved to 9 November.
In 1959, another change was made: now, the Lord Mayor's Show is held on the second Saturday in November.
The Lord Mayor's Show has regularly been held on the scheduled day; it has not been moved since 1852, when the Show made way for Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington's funeral.
The Show was not interrupted by the Second World War.
The Lord Mayor has been making that journey every year for 477 years, surviving plague and fire and countless wars and insurrections. The modern Lord Mayor's procession is a direct descendant of that first journey to Westminster. And he'll get back to his official residence the Mansion House by any means including Land Rover!
|Float for the Gifford Wood appeal|
|Boatman reminding us of the connection of the River|
Thames with Lord Mayor Show
"Privileged regiments" have the right to march through the Square Mile with bayonets fixed, colours flying, and drums beating.
Gog and Magog are two woven willow giant reproductions of a pair of statues in Guildhall.
These characters reflect the pre-Roman past of the City of London and they are paraded by volunteers each year.
The representations were created by members of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.
|Jessica Ellis smiling to the crowds at the|
Lord Mayor's Show 2012
There is a proverb "After the Lord Mayor's show comes the dust-cart" (or "donkey-cart", or "shit-cart") which goes back to the 1830s.
|After the 2012 Lord Mayor's show !|
The City district streets were cleaned up and opened to traffic in just a couple of hours.