All the pomp and pageantry of the historic Lord Mayor’s Show¹ returns on Saturday and the Worshipful Company of Farmers² will again be participating in the parade, which takes place in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators and is screened live on the BBC to an audience of millions.
Taking centre stage will be an impressive state-of-the-art Quadtrac 620 AFS Connect³ supplied by agricultural machinery manufacturer Case IH. It will be accompanied by a Farmall 120C tractor⁴, first introduced in 1923 and now celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Walking alongside will be the NFU’s group of Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors, Red Tractor representatives and youngsters from Surrey Docks City Farm.
Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers Guy Brogden said: “The Worshipful Company of Farmers is once again delighted to support the Lord Mayors Show and bring together representatives from the agricultural world, especially all the volunteers, ambassadors, and supporters from Surrey Docks Farm, NFU and Red Tractor. Our machinery sponsors this year are Case IH, who have supplied the tractors for the show, to whom we are very grateful. I hope everyone has a very successful day.”
NFU President Minette Batters said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to experience the parade in person this weekend. The Worshipful Company of Farmers does a fantastic job in providing inspirational leadership and training for anyone engaged in the agriculture industry. Its involvement in this historic procession with all the various stakeholders is a wonderful example of how they brilliantly help showcase the work of Britain’s farmers and growers.
“Despite the challenges faced this year, farmers and growers are still doing what we do best – producing great tasting homegrown food alongside the vital role in protecting and caring for the environment. We appreciate and value the public’s support and on Saturday we will be saying a massive thank you to everyone for continuing to back British farming.”
Neil Macer, Marketing Manager UK & ROI, Case IH, said: "We are extremely proud to be taking part in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. Our machinery has been trusted by farmers since the 1800s, with our Farmall tractor in the parade celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate British farming and the essential role farmers play in feeding the nation, making the most of the latest technology and engineering.”
Jim Moseley, CEO, Red Tractor, said: “At Red Tractor, we take pride in our commitment to working with farmers who produce food which is safe, traceable and farmed with care. Being a part of the Lord Mayor's Show is a celebration of our members' hard work and relentless efforts to produce quality food for the nation. The show allows us to bring our story to the heart of the city. Together with the Worshipful Company of Farmers, the NFU and the Surrey Docks City Farm, we look forward to celebrating the best of British farming."
Surrey Docks City Farm Manager Gemma Hooper said: “We are thrilled to have been invited to take part in the Lord Mayor's Show, thanks to our long-standing relationship with the Worshipful Company of Farmers. Members of our Youth Committee aged eight up to 25 will be in the parade to proudly represent British farming and raise the profile of London's city farms.”
Look out for the Worshipful Company of Farmers entry, serial number 101 in the procession, during the live BBC1 coverage of the Lord Mayor’s Show from 10.45am on Saturday 11 November, presented by Scott Mills.
Notes to editors:
- The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the best-known annual events in London as well as one of the longest-established, dating back to the 13th century. The three-mile long procession includes 7,000 people, 250 horses, armed forces, charity and community groups, military bands and 133 floats.
- The Worshipful Company of Farmers entry is supported by the NFU, Case IH, Red Tractor, and Surrey Docks Farm.
- For over 25 years, Quadtrac series tractors have helped farmers get more from the job in demanding conditions. As part of a powerful heritage, Case IH led the way in becoming the pioneers of continuously variable transmissions for four-tracked articulated high-horsepower tractors. Now those achievements have been combined with the most comfortable and connected cab featuring the latest telematics applications. The Quadtrac series ranges from 475 to 715 HP, the most powerful tractor ever produced by Case IH.
- The Case IH Farmall 120C tractor is a versatile front loader tractor with all round capability. The Farmall name is deeply rooted in the history of Case IH, with the first tractors to bear the brand produced in 1923. Today’s Farmall tractors have emphasis on manoeuvrability, ease of operation and compact dimensions, creating a tractor capable of a huge range of tasks. The Farmall series ranges from 55 to 120 HP.