IoC at this year's Lord Mayor's Show

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Save the Sardines - The Inst of Couriers Final mile Puffin has been delivered

Secret surprise, Puffin, will make a final mile delivery at Mansion House for the IOC during the heart of 90 mins TV coverage by the BBC.

Institute of Couriers is in this year's Lord Mayor's Show, featuring 100 walkers in ten express brands from Absolutely to Yodel, Citysprint to Evri, a host of zero emission final mile vehicles showcased aboard CNG gas truck and a secret surprise, pageant special Puffin bird delivery to Mansion House.

The giant Puffin bird costume has just been delivered and will make a pageant special surprise, jumping out of the Express brands in Bank Junction to make a secret delivery to the new Lord Mayor, the delivery will be a Puffin puppet glove for the Lord Mayor to wave from the Golden Carriage in the City of London.

Michael Mainelli has asked for carnival-style entries, he adores puffin birds and likes the bagpipes. So the IOC will make a final mile delivery of a special Puffin hand puppet to the Lord Mayor-elect in front of the BBC crew at Mansion House. There will be bagpipes played by James Reid alongside and to really stamp the carnival atmosphere, a life-size Puffin costume walker will get the delivery signature in front of the BBC. The ten brands of express logistics supporting the Lord Mayor's charity who will be in the parade are Absolutely, CitySprint, Evri, FedEx, HBC, Rico TVS, Santis Global, Smiths News, Whistl and Yodel.

Inst of Couriers chairman, Carl Lomas donned the very puppet glove for a photo selfie with the Puffin bird, it’s a secret surprise for the Lord Mayor, ‘Who will be in the Puffin Bird costume?’

City of London Lord Mayor Michael Mainelli, former express logistics sector welcomes 100 IOC walkers across ten brands showcasing zero emission vehicles.

IOC will be a large group feature entry in this year's Lord Mayor's Show. (Float 96). The show is a mixture of carnival, commercial and military pageant celebrating the annual election of the Lord Mayor with a history all the way back to Dick Whittington. Entry is by invitation only and linked to the background of the Lord Mayor. This year's Lord Mayor-elect, Michael Mainelli has a transport courier background, he was a policy advisor to the Post Office 1987-93 and from 1993 he helped build up courier company ICS (Insurance Courier Services)

He has invited the IOC to showcase final mile. This comes in a year when the IOC is submitting its chartership application to Privy Council. The IOC will place clean air final mile at centre stage of the City of London Square Mile.

The largest carnival-type parade in London enjoys 90 mins of live BBC coverage, the pageant takes place in front of tens of thousands of people lining the route from Mansion House to St Paul's, travelling down the Strand for a picnic lunch provided by the Girl Guides below the Aldwych before returning back via Queen Victoria Street to the London Wall.


Route: From The Mansion House via Cheapside and St Paul’s Cathedral to the Royal Courts of Justice

Show time for the 695th Lord Mayor!

City of London Corporation explains. The noisiest, largest, and most colourful event in the City of London’s calendar rolls into town on Saturday 11 November, bringing together over 7,000 people, 250 horses, and over 50 decorated floats for a major spectacle that dates back to the 13th century – The Lord Mayor’s Show.

Joining the parade and riding in the golden State Coach, which has been used in every Lord Mayor’s Show since 1757, will be the Seattle-born economist, accountant, express logistician and scientist, Michael Mainelli, who has been elected as the 695th Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Cheered on by an estimated 250,000 people lining the City’s streets and millions watching the live BBC One coverage and online streaming, commentary will be provided by former BBC Radio 1 presenter, Scott Mills.

Shortly after observing the national two-minute silence for Armistice Day at 11am, the procession will leave the Lord Mayor’s official residence, The Mansion House.

Joining the Lord Mayor in the three-mile-long parade will be the Institute of Couriers final mile float and entries representing City charities, schools, community groups, musicians, performers, financial institutions, military bands, and Livery companies.

A Ukraine-themed float, created by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will send a clear message that London stands proudly with Ukraine and its people.

The actor and comedian, Jim Moir, best known as Vic Reeves, has designed the artwork for the Show’s official poster and commemorative programme and will be one of the passengers in the ‘Art Bus’, which makes a welcome return this year.

Michael Mainelli is succeeding Nicholas Lyons as the head of the governing body of the Square Mile, the City of London Corporation, and will serve for one year, living and working at The Mansion House.

During his mayoralty, the Lord Mayor will act as an international spokesperson for the City, leading business delegations overseas to key international markets, on behalf of the UK’s financial and professional services industry.

Lord Mayor Elect Michael Mainelli said: ‘I am looking forward to the Inst of Couriers surprise delivery at Mansion Huse.’ “In terms of size, noise, and colour, there is nothing quite like The Lord Mayor’s Show and it will be a joy to be part of it, waving to the crowds on the streets and people watching at home, and soaking up the carnival atmosphere. “It is an unashamedly enjoyable day out for everyone and a tremendous celebration of our great City’s community and diversity. “My mayoral theme, ‘Connect to Prosper’, will put the spotlight on the City's expertise in areas including finance, law, art, and engineering, and bring together leading experts from diverse backgrounds to work on critical global challenges, such as climate change and artificial intelligence. ”As ever, the safety and security of all of those participating and visiting this year’s Show is of vital importance, and the City of London Police will carry out highly visible and undercover patrols before, during, and after the event.

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