No Gloriana but show goes on for Lord Mayor’s Thames flotilla

Staff WriterEvents, Rowing

ON a grey, wet Saturday morning last weekend, Lord Mayor’s Day began with a Golden Sunrise on the Thames.

New Lord Mayor Jeffrey Mountevans boarded the CPBS party boat vessel Golden Sunrise after bad weather conditions put paid to the Queen’s row barge Gloriana playing her usual role in the Thames flotilla.

Strong winds on the preceding day meant it had not been possible to safely get Gloriana out of St Katherine Docks so it was Golden Sunrise that had the honour of carrying City’s new mayor from Westminster Boating Base down the river to HMS President.

While Gloriana was absent, the recently-revived tradition of a flotilla of Thames craft made for a colourful spectacle on an otherwise miserable morning. The traditional Thames cutters were joined in the procession by the classic fireboat Massey Shaw and her modern counterpart Fire Flash, with three RNLI lifeboats bringing up the rear.

After coming ashore at the Royal Naval Reserve base HMS President in Wapping, the Lord Mayor moved on to the City where the Lord Mayor’s show snaked throughout the Square Mile’s streets that afternoon.

The usual fireworks were cancelled as a mark of respect following the atrocity in Paris the night before while Tower Bridge was illuminated in the colours of the French Tricolor.

2015 Lord Mayor's Flotilla
Lord Mayor’s flotilla heads towards Westminster Bridge as spectators watch on

2015 Lord Mayor's Flotilla
Massey Shaw and Fire Flash travelled ahead of the Lord Mayor who was on Golden Sunrise

The Mayor’s party waved at onlookers

2015 Lord Mayor's Flotilla
Flotilla of traditional Thames cutters

14/11/2015. Photos from the Lord Mayor's flotilla on Lord Mayor's Day
Massey Shaw pumped water in to the air at the conclusion of the procession

Queen’s no-barge: Gloriana stayed in St Katherine Docks while the procession took place

A photo from last year’s Lord Mayor’s flotilla appears in the On The Thames 2016 photo calendar.