Thetford Dad’s Army Museum
Walmington Platoon on parade for London Lord Mayor
On Saturday 11th November 2017, 11 members of Thetford’s Dad’s Army Museum will be on parade in the London Lord Mayor’s Show along with the museum’s Jones’s Butchers van from the TV series. Each dressed as a character from the series.
Geoff Gillo, the Master of The Worshipful Company of Butchers approached the museum to see if the museum would be willing to participate in the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Show as part of the Worshipful Company of Butchers entry with Jones’s Van being a focal point. The museum was delighted to accept the invitation.
The Worshipful Company of Butchers is one of the seven oldest of the City of London Livery Companies and is ranked 24th in order of precedence out of 110 Livery Companies.
Granted its Royal Charter of Incorporation by King James 1 in 1605, the Worshipful Company of Butchers has been the significant power behind the trade in the City of London and around Smithfield for over a thousand years.
For 800 years the newly elected Lord Mayor of London has travelled from the City of London to Westminster to swear loyalty to the Crown. Over the centuries this medieval pageant has grown into the Lord Mayor’s Show, the oldest and grandest civic procession in the world and the first outside event to be covered on television! The three mile procession sets off from the Mansion House via St Pauls and pauses at the Royal Courts while the Lord Mayor swears their allegiance. The procession then returns to the Mansion House via the Victoria Embankment.
The office of Lord Mayor was instituted in 1189, the first holder of the office being Henry Fitz-Ailwin de Londonestone. The Mayor of the City of London has been elected by the City, rather than appointed by the Sovereign, ever since a Royal Charter providing for a Mayor was issued by King John in 1215.
(Thetford traces its Mayoralty to 1199 vying with Winchester for the oldest mayoralty after London)
Stuart Wright, Chairman of the museum said, “It is a great privilege for the museum to be able to participate in this historic event. The worldwide exposure will help put the museum and Thetford on the map. As part of the float we will have some museum banners on display and have commissioned some new flyers about the van and the museum. Dad’s Army is a national treasure and to be able to put ourselves in the shop window will raise the museum’s profile to the country at large.”
This will not be the van’s first visit to London this year as in July the van, accompanied by the museum’s own Captain Mainwaring (Mick Whitman) seen in the van’s cab below, was a popular attraction at the 500th anniversary annual Cart Marking Ceremony in London’s Guildhall Yard.
BBC1 covers the Lord Mayor’s Show from 10.45am Saturday 11 November
Stuart Wright – Chairman Thetford Dad’s Army Museum
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