Hounds for Heroes ‘On Parade’
Over the weekend of Remembrance, representatives from Hounds for Heroes and their dogs took part in the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Show in London. This historic event, now in its 804th year, winds its way around a nine mile route in the very the heart of London. The unrehearsed modern show is a joyful and diverse civic parade of over 6,000 people, with dozens of marching bands, military detachments, carriages, dance troupes, inflatables, giant contraptions and ceremonial displays. Every year is different and surprising, combining London’s ancient pomp, rowdy patchwork heritage and modern dynamism to create a spectacle unlike anything else in the world.
Once again we owe a huge debt of gratitude to CS Hodges who host the charity’s attendance at the event, this being the fourth year that we have appeared alongside them. The opportunity for Hounds for Heroes to raise awareness of our mission to a much wider audience in this way is absolutely priceless. Every member of our team taking part on the day felt an incredible sense of pride representing the charity on what was a very poignant weekend. Allen, EJ and Rookie, alongside our attending partners and their dogs, Damien and Gibson and Doug and Monty, faultlessly represented the charity, maintaining the very high standards expected of assistance dogs in what was an incredibly noisy and some what alien environment. The cheering crowds along the route certainly raised the spirits of the dogs and partners throughout the march, the dog’s tails held just as high and waggy at the end as they were at the beginning of the procession.
The charity owes a huge debt of gratitude to CS Hodges who once again hosted the charity’s attendance at the event.
The Lord Mayor's Parade 2019
Winning Hearts and minds
The Lord Mayor’s Show follows a meandering 9 mile route through the historic heart of London.
Here our team are captured passing the front of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The obligatory team photograph prior to setting off. Hounds for Heroes and the CS Hodges shoulder to shoulder.
Meeting up with old friends
Always nice to meet up with the Historic German Shooting Club from Germany, who have been staunch supporters of our charity over the years
Awaiting on the RAF
The only thing missing is the garden fence to gossip over. There is always a huge military presence at the Lord Mayor’s Show each year, and it is an ideal venue to spread word of the work we do to our serving colleagues.
Limbering up for part two after some R&R
Cadet Monty preparing for phase two of the parade.
Our stoic team still smiling
Are we there yet?
A nostalgic moment
A shot of CS Hodges vintage vehicles spanning the many years since the founding of their business. Each vehicle has “Wagging our tails for Hounds for Heroes”
printed on them.
'Together we can'
The end in sight and now on a downhill stretch. Job done team…Salute!