City of London District hosts annual St. Georgeís Day Parade
City of London District No. 63 held their annual St. Georgeís Day parade in London on Saturday April 20th.
The parade comprising the London District Lodges was led by Corby Purple Star Flute Band. Visiting Brethren from surrounding Districts and Provinces swelled the numbers.
Corby Purple Star FB leading the parade, photo credit: Bro. Graham Mitchell
Medway Martyrs LOL 652 from Kent took pride of place at the head of the parade. LOL 652 had
over 30 Brethren on parade, including a 5 flag colour party and banner.
Medway Martyrs LOL 652 from Kent,
photo credit: Bro Graham Mitchell
The parade left Millbank, making its way towards Parliament Square, where it was greatly admired by the many thousands of tourists who lined the route towards Trafalgar Square. Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph by District Officers and representatives from Medway Martyrs LOL.
A delegation of senior Orangemen from the District then entered Downing Street to hand in a letter of petition to the Prime Minister. The letter set out objections to planned constitutional change as well as the dangers facing the institution of marriage from planned legislative change. The Brethren called on the Prime Minister to reconsider a number of matters which have crept into an increasingly liberalising program.
District Master Rt. Wor. Bro. John Stockman accompanied by Deputy District Master Chris King hand in a letter of petition to No. 10.Downing Street. Photo credit: Bro. Graham Mitchell.
Following the wreath laying in Whitehall, the parade continued into Pall Mall where Bro. Mark Woolcott laid a wreath at the Duke of York Pillar (Frederick, Duke of York having been a Grand Master of the Loyal Orange Institution of England). The parade concluded in St. Jamesís Square, where (as is tradition), Rt. Wor. Bro. John Stockman (City of London District Master) laid a wreath at the WPC Yvonne Fletcher memorial.
City of London District No. 63 thank all Brethren for their attendance. The next District parade in London will take place on Saturday November 9th 2013 (the Districtís annual Remembrance Day parade). The District extends an invitation to all visiting Brethren to join them for a very memorable and poignant parade through London in November.