IKO recently supported the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in November.
As tradition demands, IKO staff, like thousands of other contributors, donned striking costumes for the event, which dates back over 800 years. A roll of IKO roofing felt and an IKO enertherm PIR insulation board walked the two-mile length of the route alongside UK group managing director Andy Williamson, all drawing cheers from the crowds.
Mr Williamson is also a Liveryman and Court Assistant for the WCoBM and helped organise the float and lead the merchants’ procession. “We had a fantastic float that highlighted what a great industry we work in, and its importance to construction and the economy. It’s a very popular parade - the streets are always full despite the inevitable rain, and we were able to use the opportunity to show just a few of the career options available to young people.
“We were also delighted to be featured on the BBC coverage of the event. Our IKO ‘characters’ were clearly seen at the front of the WCoBM float.”
The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the longest unrehearsed processions in the world: unrehearsed, as full assembly is not possible due to the procession being a mile longer than the route! The show is an opportunity for Livery Companies, the armed forces and the police, educational establishments and charities to show their commitment and support for the City of London.