A great deal of hard work and creativity
Culminated in a an amazing float and for those who took part a truly memorable day out. The overall theme was “The Market Place of the World”.
“The heavens opened, brollies went up but atmosphere wonderful and rewarding”
Julie Gubbins came up with the concepts including “borrowing” a Lloyd’s Waiter and getting a real bell (mock up of the Lutine Bell) from The Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
Past Master Roger Earthrowl and Asst Hon. Sec Ann Benson (Hon. Sec and Master to be).
“We had a very prominent position at the front of the Parade”
“We all got an amazing thrill from from the wonderful feedback from the Crowds lining the streets”
“Every time we rang the Bell, heads turned in our direction?”
“We got a short shot on TV”
The Club had a block allocation of seats near St Pauls with many members enjoying the Show and then a Thai Style Buffet at Singapura, nearby
At the AGM in Feb 2001 A vote of thanks was given to the following, with loud acclamation.
The success of the float rested with the committee
Julie Gubbins who came up with the idea of the float and organised the picnic
Bryan Wakeham who provided Lloyd’s as a major sponsor
Michael Everard for both Everards and Fisher tankers
Roger Earthrowl for Willis
and Anne Benson for holding it all together
Other members who helped were Mark Gubbins who organized the Britvic lorry. David Butcher who provided the lead to the Leadenhall Market Tenants Association and the City Corporation who matched the amount given by Leadenhall Market. The sponsor who spent an enormous amount of time effort and imagination was Artillery Property Services led by their Managing Director, David Back and two of his assistants. Expenses of only Pnds 156 for countless hours of work, excellent standard and wonderful implementation of Julie’s design, represented a very major donation on their behalf. In total over Pnds 6000 pounds was raised in sponsorship.
Thanks also to the OST Theatre Tonbridge for helping everyone with their costumes on the day.