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City welcomes new Chancellor at the Lord Mayor’s Show

A vintage routemaster bus carrying students and staff represented the University at the Lord Mayor’s Show

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

The annual procession took place this month to welcome Alderman the Lord Mountevans, to his new role as the 688th Lord Mayor of London. A vintage routemaster bus carrying students and staff wearing academic dress represented the University in the parade, accompanied by the City of London Academy Islington (COLAI) and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

City’s flotilla celebrated the University’s founders, graduates and future students. Parading with the Worshipful Company of Saddlers allowed City to recognise their contribution in helping to establish the Northampton Institute in 1894, the fledgling institution that eventually became City University London. The involvement of pupils from COLAI highlighted City’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of graduates.

I am honoured to be taking up the position as Chancellor at City University London.
Alderman the Lord Mountevans, Lord Mayor of London

The new Lord Mayor, Alderman the Lord Mountevans, is a London shipbroker and a Member of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. He is a British hereditary peer, a director at shipping company Clarkson Plc, and a Trustee of Seafarers UK, a leading national maritime charity. In becoming the Lord Mayor, he will also become the Chancellor of City University London, a tradition that symbolises the link between the University and the City.

Lord Mayor Alderman the Lord Mountevans said: “It was great to see City University London take part in the 800th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s Show, especially with so many students and staff enjoying themselves on their routemaster. They symbolised the energy, colour and enthusiasm of this year’s Show and marked it as a very special occasion for those who took part and watched from the City’s streets.

“Making sure that the workforce of tomorrow is equipped with the right skills is essential to our competitiveness and the long term success of the nation. Education providers are at the heart of this and is precisely why I am honoured to be taking up the position as Chancellor at City University London.”

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City, said: 

It was an honour for the University to take part in the historic Lord Mayor’s Show again this year. On behalf of everyone at City, I would like to welcome Alderman the Lord Mountevans as the Lord Mayor of London. The University is proud to have the Lord Mayor as Chancellor and I look forward to working with him throughout the coming year.

The historic Lord Mayor’s Show was started by King John in 1215, making this year’s event the 800th of its kind. The tradition has continued for eight centuries despite complicating factors in London throughout the years such as plagues, fires and wars. 

Following a river pageant, the road procession began at the Lord Mayor’s official residence, Mansion House, pausing at the Royal Courts for the Lord Mayor to give his oath and then returning to Mansion House via the Victoria Embankment. Thousands lined the streets to watch the parade that included more than 7,000 participants. Among the more unusual sights witnessed at the eclectic parade were an inflatable rib of beef carried by the Worshipful Company of Butchers and a robot made from rubbish bins representing the City of London Corporation’s recycling team.

Students from COLAI said they were “proud and “honoured” to have been part of the Lord Mayor’s Show, describing it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” One student added: “If I were given the chance to take part again I would, as it was a great day and an amazing experience which I would recommend to friends.”
Teacher at COLAI, Rosie Lister who accompanied the trip, said:

It was a privilege to be included in City’s float and to celebrate the association between the University, The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and COLAI. Seeing the joy on people’s faces as we passed through the crowd highlighted the honour of being part of this special community. We felt very proud to be involved in the celebration of Lord Mayor Jeffrey Mountevans, a Governor of the Academy.

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