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Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir

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The City of London's new Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow travelled down the River Thames on board the Queen's Rowbarge Gloriana on Saturday morning as the start of a day of festivities in the Square Mile.

Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
The Lord Mayor travelled down the Thames on the Gloriana barge built for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
Gloriana passes Oxo Tower Wharf
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow and sheriff Dr Andrew Parmley wave from Gloriana to spectators on Blackfriars Bridge
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
The Bermondsey Voices float
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
The Bridge Ward Club float featured a design based on Old London Bridge
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
A 'Viking' poses in front of the shield of the Southwark-based John Marshall Charity
Lord Mayor’s Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir
Southwark Cathedral's logo was displayed on one of the shields on the Bridge Ward Club float

Tower Bridge was raised in salute to the new Lord Mayor as the flotilla made its way from Westminster Boating Base to HMS President in Wapping.

Later the Lord Mayor took part in the the usual procession through the City's streets.

Each year the City of London Corporation offers funding to community groups in the Square Mile's neighbouring boroughs to enable them to take part in the show.

This year Bermondsey Voices was the recipient of a 15,000 grant and the community choir sang specially written songs about Bermondsey local history from their float in the procession.

The choir sang about local characters including Ada Salter and Albert McKenzie VC.

Choir members wore costumes by local designer Julie Nelson-Rhodes.

The new Lord Mayor is president of the Bridge Ward Club and so the club entered a float into the procession to celebrate the start of his mayoral year.

The float featured a Viking boat underneath a representation of Old London Bridge as a nod to the historic links between Britain and Norway, including Olav's destruction of the bridge one thousand years ago.

The Viking boat was lined with shields bearing the logos of a number of organisations linked to the Bridge Ward Club. Southwark Cathedral's logo was included on a shield as a result of a donation by a member of the club.

The Lord Mayor's Show ended with a large-scale fireworks display on the Thames between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.

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