A few weeks ago I was contacted by a guy called Russell Beck who was involved in the planning of the lord mayors show, he was organising a float for the thames tideway tunnel project which is an organisation planning to build a 25k sewage tunnel through London in order to prevent 200 million tonnes of raw sweage from being dumped in the Thames each year. So with that in mind who better to have as a mascot than Sir Joseph bazalegette (below left) The inventor of the original London sewage system in the 1860's.
David Crawford was the reprentative from Thames tideway who was chosen to be sir Joseph so I had to get him kitted out with a an enormous pair of Victorian style sideburns and a moustache which came courtesy of the wig store in Greenford (The ex BBC wig dept they are the go to people for any sort of hair piece!)
I arrived bright an early at the meeting point and applied David's side burns and moustache since i was going to have to wait around to take it off again the guys at Thames tideway suggested I join them and march in the parade? So I looked at their ever so fetching white boiler suit, hi-vis jacket and clown wig ensemble and said 'why the hell not?!' Having got dressed up for the occasion we walked along the parade route alongside a Chinese dragon (designed by Russell Beck and co.) To represent the 'dragon' tunnel digging equipment being used to construct the tunnel.
I had a great time on the parade and it was really interesting to see some of the other floats who had turned out for the occasion, my particular favourite was the London guild of Pavers who's mascot for some reason was a giant inflatable pig (see below)
Putting make-up on people since 2010