A day I will never forget

PUBLISHED: 14:28 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

The ‘parachute’ depicting the scout sign

The 'parachute' depicting the scout sign

MY day at the Lord Mayor s Show started in the dark at 6am, at which time I had to get up and put on many layers of clothes under my scout shirt to keep warm. I caught the Underground to Moorgate station and then made the short walk to Finsbury Circus wh

On the bus

MY day at the Lord Mayor's Show started in the dark at 6am, at which time I had to get up and put on many layers of clothes under my scout shirt to keep warm.

I caught the Underground to Moorgate station and then made the short walk to Finsbury Circus which is where, at 8am, I met the rest of the scouts, explorers and even two sea scouts!

When everybody had arrived we walked round the corner, past the crowds of people and soldiers also taking part in the parade, to London Wall, which was where we found the open-top bus and the cubs that would be riding on it in the parade.

We then attached signs and posters to the bus and we were briefed on what we would be doing that day.

After that we opened the parachute that we would be carrying during the parade, which turned out to be a large circular version of the scout sign.

We thought up some ideas and chants, then tested the manoeuvres out to make sure that they wouldn't go horribly wrong, and before we knew it, it was 11am and the fly-past, by three RAF Tornados that started the parade, flew above our heads and we were off.

The sound of the military bands was brilliant. We passed the new Lord Mayor at Mansion House and even got picked up by TV cameras.

At 12.10pm we arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice at the top of Fleet Street, which meant lunch as the Lord Mayor was sworn in.

At 1pm we left along the Victoria Embankment and started on our return parade journey back to Mansion House.

As we were walking back I felt slightly upset that the parade was coming to an end, and yet at the same time I was really happy that Paul Abdullah and I could represent the 4th Potters Bar Scouts in something as big and as important as the Lord Mayor's Show.

The half-a-million people that made up the cheering crowds continued right up until we reached the end and even then there were people waving their flags and cheering at us.

However, the day hadn't yet finished, as at 5pm a fantastic firework display took place, but by then we were really tired and looking forward to getting some sleep.

I had a great day and will always remember it.

Tom Ritson

4th Potters Bar Scouts

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