At the personal request of the incoming Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, who initially trained to be an architect before moving into accountancy, the Company entered its own float. The theme chosen was to celebrate the contribution of our profession to the heritage and visual history of the City of London by featuring its historic and contemporary architecture and the people who made it. This was represented by members of the Company in costume carrying models of some of the iconic landmarks of the past, plus examples of today’s buildings. They were escorted by other members wearing a distinctive Company uniform and carrying banners illustrating a number of the buildings to which the Company has presented its annual architectural award in recent years.
Miraculously the traditional Lord Mayor’s Show rain stopped just as the parade got under way and the warmth of the crowds’ greetings along the way adequately made up for the rather chilly wind. A great time was had by all the participants and the day was rounded off perfectly with the Master being invited to join 21 other Livery Masters to form the Lord Mayor’s Guard of Honour on his return to Mansion House.