City Bridge Trust celebrated its 20th year of grant-making with a special entry in this year’s year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on 14th November. Whereas previous entries had featured just one of our grantholders, this year four took part, representing the range of work that we fund across London.
Green Candle Dance Company, who also choreographed the dances for our entry, were represented by The Green Candle Senior Dancers group, consisting of men and women all aged over 60, proving that age should be no barrier to participation in the arts. They were joined by members of Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre performance group for those with learning disabilities, and members of Castlehaven Line Dancers.
During the parade, these groups danced, waved and cheered, carrying fluttering blue pennants to reflect the waves of the Thames in full flow. They were accompanied by the joyful music of our fourth group, Drake Music. This charity, which specialises in working with adults with learning disabilities, performed using specially designed electronic instruments, using assistive music technology for the five sections of the performance covering the diverse styles of country, rock’n’roll, samba, dance and hip hop. All were very popular with the large crowds which gathered along the parade route, despite less than ideal weather!
Our float featured a model of the iconic Tower Bridge, chosen to symbolise how our charities bridge communities as well as reflect the history of the Trust and our historic link to the bridges. The float was also decorated with the participants’ own screen printed artwork and was design in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts.
Despite the rain, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the experience of performing to thousands of people. Thank you to all the groups and performers who took part.
More on our participation in the show, including photos and videos, can be found on our Storify page here.