Thousands line streets to watch Lord Mayor’s Parade - and Jessica Ennis

21:55 10 November 2012

Jessica Ennis driving a new Jaguar F-Type in the Lord Mayor

Jessica Ennis driving a new Jaguar F-Type in the Lord Mayor's Show in London. Picture: Jaguar Cars/PA Wire

Thousands of people lined the streets of central London today to watch floats, carriages and performers, including Jessica Ennis, in the Lord Mayor’s Show.

Alderman Roger Gifford, the new Lord Mayor of the City of London. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA WireAlderman Roger Gifford, the new Lord Mayor of the City of London. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The annual parade marked the inauguration of the 685th Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, who was carried through the capital in a golden coach.

Joining him was Olympic gold medallist Ennis, who sat in a Jaguar F-Type sports car.

The car took the athlete along the three-and-a-half-mile route, which passed around Bank and Aldwych.

Before the parade started, Mr Gifford arrived in the City on the royal barge Gloriana as it made its third official outing this year following the Jubilee pageant and Olympic Torch Relay.

Crowds watching the Lord Mayor's Show as it parades through the streets of central London. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA WireCrowds watching the Lord Mayor's Show as it parades through the streets of central London. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

This year’s event showcased the talents of 6,500 people, 18 vintage cars, a tank and a steamroller, among others.

Mr Gifford was elected as the 685th Lord Mayor of London in October, and he said he hoped all onlookers had a “splendid” day.

The Lord Mayor’s Show will celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2015.

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