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Lord Mayor’s Show begins and ends on the Thames

The Lord Mayor's Show began with a flotilla on the Thames early on Saturday morning and ended with a spectacular fireworks display above the river.

Lord Mayor’s Show begins and ends on the Thames
The flotilla seen from Blackfriars Bridge (photo: Justin Dillon)
Lord Mayor’s Show begins and ends on the Thames
The Lord Mayor travelled on the Gloriana row-barge The flotilla seen from Blackfriars Bridge (photo: Justin Dillon)
Lord Mayor’s Show begins and ends on the Thames
Fiona Woolf waves to spectators on Blackfriars Bridge from the deck of the Gloriana
Lord Mayor’s Show begins and ends on the Thames
Spectators at Blackfriars Bridge
Lord Mayor’s Show begins and ends on the Thames
Canon Charles Pickstone (right) - who was installed as an honorary canon of Southwark Cathedral on Friday - travelled in a carriage at the Lord Mayor's Show with last year's Lord Mayor Roger Gifford
Lord Mayor’s Show begins and ends on the Thames
Lord Mayor’s Show begins and ends on the Thames

Fiona Woolf, the incoming Lord Mayor of London, travelled down the river on board the royal row-barge Gloriana accompanied by a flotilla of Thames cutters.

Tower Bridge was raised in salute as the boats reached the Upper Pool of London.

The Lord Mayor disembarked at HMS President in Wapping before joining the traditional procession of carriages and floats through the streets of the Square Mile.

This year's Lord Mayor's Show once again culminated in a fireworks display, reinstated after a year's absence.

The fireworks, which cost 21,500, were launched from a barge moored midway between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.


Two hours after stepping down as Lord Mayor on Friday afternoon, Roger Gifford was at Southwark Cathedral to see his chaplain Charles Pickstone installed as an honorary canon during Choral Evensong.

Among others present to witness new canons Charles Pickstone and Affirming Catholicism chair Rosemarie Mallett placed in their cathedral stalls by the Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, were the Bishops of Rochester and Woolwich and the High Commissioner for Barbados.

Earlier in the service the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, read the deeds of institution and handed the mandates to the Dean.

On Saturday Canon Pickstone, who is vicar of St Laurence's Church in Catford, joined immediate Past Lord Mayor Roger Gifford to ride in a carriage for the final time as part of a Lord Mayor's Show.

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