Last Saturday, for the fourth year in a row, the City & Guilds College took part in the colourful and spectacular event that is the Lord Mayor?s Show. This is despite funding worries that last month threatened participation in the event.
As one of 146 participants, the C&G float set off on the 1.7 mile procession route shortly before 11am. Despite the fatigue that the organizing team was no doubt suffering (as preparation work had continued through the previous night and into the early hours), there was a general feeling of enthusiasm and energy as the music blared from the float, rousing the already excited crowd.
For the first time, the C&G entry was not supported by outside sponsorship, due to the planned sponsor, BP, declining support shortly before the deadline for entry fee submission. As such, the theme for this year?s entry was the City & Guilds itself, rather than renewable energy; the intended theme had BP provided sponsorship. It is hoped that retroactive financial support will be found to help cover the costs of entering the show.
The C&G mascots featured heavily in the float, with Bo? taking centre stage, and a large replica of Spanner sitting atop the C&G logo. Spanner and Bolt themselves took their place at the back of the float, to be raised during calls for the Boomalaka at several strategic points along the route.
The float itself was joined by over 20 people, along with a guest juggler and Jez (the RCS?s mascot fire engine). This was a slightly smaller turnout than in previous years, but the enthusiasm of those present more than made up for it.