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For the second year, the Guild of Nurses paraded through London in the Lord Mayor’s Procession. What an honour!  We marched behind our banner (so beautifully made by Middle Warden Elizabeth Turnbull) and kept up the pace with our distinctive red and black umbrellas.  We were walking with the Phoenix Past Masters & Cook and Butler float and the Guild is so grateful to them for their hospitability and for allowing us to join them.

The procession is a sight to behold and the response from the crowds lining the streets was fantastic – particularly so from fellow nurses who cheered us on our way as we went past.

The Lord Mayor’s Show is a great city tradition dating back over 800 years. The procession is over three miles long and embraces the City’s great heritage and reflects its future with floats from all over the world and every walk of military and civilian life. The day ends with a magnificent firework display over the Thames and the Wardens were honoured this year to be invited to enjoy the spectacle with the Lord Mayor on the HQS Wellington, on the Embankment. This is the home of the Worshipful Company of Mariners and is the only Livery Hall not on dry land.  A fantastic venue!

The Lord Mayor’s parade gave us the opportunity to welcome our new Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, and also to say a fond farewell to the previous Lord Mayor, Dr Andrew Parmley who gave us a special wave from the Mansion House balcony.  We wish our Lord Mayor all the very best for a successful year ahead and send very best wishes to Andrew and Wendy as they have a very well-deserved rest!