Wed, November 11, 2015
A group of Ageactivity members and Ageactivity staff members Rosa and Hannah have been rehearsing hard over the past few weeks, getting ready to perform in the Lord Mayor's Show this Saturday, 14th November!!
One of the oldest and best-loved annual events in London, the Lord Mayor's show is based on traditions dating back to the 12th century, when the Lord Mayor of the City was required to travel to Westminster and swear an oath of loyalty to the Monarch. Today the show has grown to include a procession of over 7000 participants, 20 bands, 150 horses and hundreds of other carriages, carts, coaches and other vehicles!
The Castlehaven group were invited to take part in this year's procession by City Bridge Trust, who provide funding for many of our activities. The Ageactivity members will be performing with three other charities - Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT), Green Candle Dance and Drake Music - dancing alongside the City Bridge float. The group will be performing a unison dance with GLYPT and Green Candle Seniors, followed by their own specially choreographed Ageactivity line dance!
We would love for you to come along and watch on Saturday and cheer the group on! You can find a map of the route on the official website, as well as detailed running times of the procession and everything else thats going on during the day. We've been told that the best place to see the floats is on Queen Victoria Street, roughly between Blackfriars and Mansion House stations. The procession starts at 11am from Mansion House, pausing at the Royal Courts while the mayor takes his oath, and then returning up Victoria Embankment around 1pm. The tail end of the procession should get back to Mansion House around 2/2.30pm.
Our float is number 59 in the procession, and the Castlehaven group will be performing on the left hand side of the float in the direction of travel, so make sure you're stood on the correct side of the road to see them! The float will feature a big Tower Bridge sculpture, decorated with multicoloured bunting, and the Castlehaven dancers will be wearing bright orange jumpers with the Castlehaven logo on! If you can't make it on the day, but would like to cheer from home instead, the show will be shown live on BBC 1 from 10:45am.
We really hope to see you there!
For more details, call the Ageactivity Office on 0207 692 2238 or email Hannah.