Save the date and bring your family and friends to the free-to-attend Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 10th November. King Edward's Witley will be there with our very own float at the invitation of Peter Estlin, the new Lord Mayor, our former Head Boy and Governor and former Treasurer of Bridewell Royal Hospital! See the new Lord Mayor of the City of London take to the streets in a glistening coach as part of a three-mile long ceremony full of innovation, spectacle and pageantry. The show is a London institution that mixes the modern and the traditional and represents the best of the Square Mile. The procession fills the space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until about 2.30pm, cheered by a crowd of around half a million people and watched live on the BBC by many more. It’s FREE to attend and view - from Mansion House to Fleet Street via Cheapside and St Paul’s then back via Embankment or alternatively you can buy special tickets for the grandstand by following this link.
From Grafton House to Mansion House - an Old Witleian becomes Lord Mayor!
On Monday 1 October Peter Estlin, a former Head Boy, Treasurer and current Governor at King Edward’s Witley became the 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London.
From his humble beginnings in Portsmouth to the glories of Lord Mayoralty, Peter Estlin’s journey has been remarkable, a modern Dick Whittington tale, yet uniquely suffused with his dedication to give back to the School and Foundation he credits with giving him the educational opportunities and support, which set his path to becoming the most prominent figure in the City.
I am honoured to have been selected the 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London and the first Old Witleian to hold the role. I remember all too well meeting Lord Mayor Sir Kenneth Cork in the summer of 1979; for it was his encouragement that led me into accounting, the City and now Mansion House.
During his 7 years at King Edward’s Peter rose to become a well-respected prefect in Grafton House and finally, Head Boy. His former Housemaster, Alan Whitlow, remembers Peter as a talented mathematician, swimmer and public speaker saying “I well remember him making a school mock election speech from half way up the fire escape to a hostile group of hecklers below. Perhaps this was a sign of things to come!” After studying Economics and Accounting at the University of Bristol Peter launched himself into a career in finance spanning 30 years at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Bristol, Citibank and finally Barclays, where he became CFO for the Retail and non-core divisions. Peter remains a Senior Advisor at Barclays, following his election as Alderman of the Coty of London, where he served as Sheriff in 2016-2017.
Early in his career Peter re-connected with King Edward’s and has served as a Governor of the School for 25 years, of which 10 of those years were as Treasurer. During this time, he became one of the founding Bridewell Fellows and continues to generously support the Foundation as a Charter Patron. By Peter’s invitation the School is participating in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Sunday 11 November, where we will be able to congratulate him and celebrate publicly the start of his year in office.
803 years of The Lord Mayor's Show
London in 1215 was already an independent-minded place; large, rich, well-connected and hard to rule. It was the largest city north of the Alps, with nearly 15,000 residents, and its power was growing. At the same time King John's disastrous reign was falling apart. His armies were retreating in France, he was running out of money and his Barons were on the edge of open revolt.
The City of London, squeezed by the King's taxes and frequently held hostage in baronial disputes, had been trying since the late 1100s to organise itself into a mediæval commune. The King may have thought he was creating a powerful new ally when in 1215 he gave his support to the commune and issued a Royal Charter allowing the City to elect its own Mayor every year.There was an important condition. Every year the newly elected Mayor must leave the safety of the City, travel upriver to the small town of Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown. The Lord Mayor has now made that journey for over 800 years, despite plagues and fires, and countless wars and pledged his (and her) loyalty to 34 Kings and Queens of England.
For more information on the Show, please visit https://lordmayorsshow.london/.