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The Show must go on

Scaled-back Lord Mayor’s Show set to take place in November

The Lord Mayor’s Show, one of the landmark events in the City of London’s calendar, has been reduced and redesigned this year, because of COVID-19 public health restrictions.

The annual event, which traditionally features a three-mile-long procession of decorated floats, military bands, City businesses, charities, and schoolchildren, will now be held as a contained and televised spectacle in the historic Guildhall Yard on Saturday 14 November.

Organisers are keen to stress that there will be no public access to view the Show from the pavements at, or around, Guildhall, and are encouraging people to stay at home and watch the live coverage on BBC1 from 11am to 12pm.

The theme of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show will be a tribute, on behalf of the City of London Corporation and the Lord Mayor, to all key workers and their organisations for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As well as representatives from NHS frontline staff, the Show is expected to include a military band, charitable organisations, and the Lord Mayor’s Pikemen and Musketeers.

Subject to his formal re-election later this month, William Russell, the 692nd Lord Mayor, will serve an additional year in office to ensure continuity of leadership during the pandemic.