The Worshipful Company of Actuaries attracted record numbers to its activities on Saturday 12 November 2011, the day of the Lord Mayor's Show in London.
All members of the profession with their family and friends had been invited to join in, with 90 taking up the offer to enjoy prime viewing of the procession from Barnett Waddingham's offices in Cheapside. The Company was represented in the procession as part of the Modern Companies float by John Lockyer, the Master of the Company, together with his senior and junior Wardens, Bill Smith and Charles Cowling.
From 2.30pm there was a pub lunch by the river in a private room at the Doggetts Coat and Badge, famed for honouring the prize of a 300-year-old boat race. Mr Lockyer welcomed everyone and described the aims of the Company. The room provided a good view of the spectacular fireworks at 5pm, launched by the new Lord Mayor from a barge on the Thames. Because of capacity restrictions, 100 people attended and some applications had to be declined. But there will be another opportunity to take part next year on 10 November and anyone who missed out this time will be given priority.