Chatteris firm giddy up for a New Year’s Day spectacle in the capital
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A Chatteris firm was chosen to transport dignitaries at the London New Year’s Day Parade which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary.
The event has evolved into one of the world’s greatest street spectaculars with up to 10,000 performers from across continents, hundreds of thousands of spectators, and a live TV audience of several hundred million.
Tom Farmer joined the parade with two of the five carriages booked in by Ostlers Carriage Company.
They were joined by Chatteris grooms Sarah Crosbie, Jade Pascoe and Ben Crosbie.
One carriage transported the Lord Mayor of the city of Westminster and another the patron of the day, Roger Bramble and guests.
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The parade travelled from Picadilly to Parliament Square with the streets lined with more than 500,000 visitors cheering and waving Union Jacks.
Tom said: “It is always an honour to be asked to do the parade and this year was a special year as it was their 30th magical year.
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“The horses were impeccably behaved with all the live music and flag twirling and even the British weather played ball.”
The first New Year’s Day Parade was in 1987 and has raised or donated more than one and a half million pounds to London charities.