Quotes from the Former Lord Mayors of London

The Rt. Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman

“The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta is quickly establishing itself as one of the cultural highlights associated with the City of London. It brings together charity, community and commerce, everything that the City – and the Lord Mayor – is all about. In my office, I have a tremendous photo of the 2015 Regatta, so I am very excited to take part in this year’s event.

“Every year, the Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta raises awareness and money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities. Over the next three years, the Appeal is focusing on three organisations: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and the Samaritans. Their work will benefit two communities: City employees and their families and friends, and residents in neighbouring communities. All this work – supported by the Regatta, Ricoh and other Corporate Partners organisations – will work towards one aim: to build a better city for all.”

The Rt. Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman

The Rt. Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley

“The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta is the very highest of highlights – celebrating the tremendous contribution of business to their communities, 1000 feet above London! What a wonderful way to showcase our special City, and its unique heritage of charitable giving.

“The Regatta raises funds and awareness for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which, this year, supports young people to achieve more than they ever thought possible – through the work of the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery programme, St Paul’s community projects in East London, and Music in Hospitals. These charities bring hope, encouragement and joy – so brilliantly embodied by the Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta.

Thanks to Ricoh for their generous three-year support, and to all the other organisations taking part, thousands of young people will be supported, and Londoners will enjoy the most uplifting, stunning sight this June.”

 The Rt. Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley

The Rt. Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans

“The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta combines commerce and community 1000 feet above London! What a wonderful continuation of the City of London’s heritage in showcasing the best of our society in the Lord Mayor’s Show. First on water, then on land, and now we’re taking responsible business to the skies!

“The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta raises funds and awareness for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities – this year supporting young people to overcome challenges and to excel. And what better inspiration to reach for the heights, than the Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta: a glorious celebration of London’s glittering skyline. Thanks to Ricoh for their generous three-year support, and to all the other organisations taking part, thousands of young people will be supported, and Londoners will enjoy the most uplifting, stunning sight this June.”

The Rt. Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans

The Rt. Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Sir Alan Yarrow

“The 2015 Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta was an amazing success promoting the City of London and hot air ballooning in a very positive light, while raising almost £80,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Next year will firmly establish the Balloon Regatta as an annual event, help raise global awareness and I hope establish the event as a much anticipated fixture on the London calendar.”

“I thank all those companies who put their faith in the inaugural event helping Exclusive Ballooning to raise funds for the Appeal and hope for their continued support in 2016. As the event grows in stature we also welcome additional supporters who wish to have their brands associated with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and be seen flying over the City of London at the 2016 Regatta.”

The Rt. Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Sir Alan Yarrow

The Rt Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Roger Gifford

“Dear Supporter,  

It is with great excitement that I announce the launch of the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, which will see a fantastic array of balloons fly across the city of London to raise awareness for my charitable Appeal.   In 1992 Sir Brian Jenkins became the first and only Lord Mayor, to date, to fly across the City of London in a hot air balloon to raise awareness and funds for his Lord Mayor’s Appeal.   

21 years later, with the help of  Exclusive Ballooning’s enthusiasm and support, the Annual Lord Mayor’s Appeal Hot Air Balloon Regatta has been born, as we attempt to replicate Jenkin’s success.  

All proceeds from the Regatta will go to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2013, which, by giving a platform to its chosen charities, aims to encourage and challenge people to give more and do more to secure the future for the next generation, whether by supplying more music, lifting children out of poverty, safeguarding the environment, or protecting and enabling access to art in all its forms.  

Listening to and performing music has always been a profoundly important part of my life, and the main beneficiary of the Appeal, the City Music Foundation, will support talented young musicians early in their professional career, at a time when they need it most, through mentoring, performance opportunities and financial support.  

I hope you will join us in our mission to provide opportunities for young people from all walks of life to pursue their ambitions and build a brighter a future.

With best regards,  
The Rt Hon. The Former Lord Mayor of London Alderman Roger Gifford”