Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress in the saddle for charity

Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at Mercer's Hall

A couple of City dignitaries jumped in the saddle to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Charles Bowman and wife Samantha are believed to be the first Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to ride around the City of London in more than 300 years.

Mr Bowman was pleased to avoid any mishap, unlike former Lord Mayor Gilbert Heathcote, who was unseated from his horse by a drunken flower girls in 1710, breaking his leg.

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The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress could be spotted across the Square Mile

The pair were escorted by a mounted contingent from the HAC Light Cavalry and the City of London Police.

Starting and finishing in Guildhall Yard, City workers took photos of the colourful group as they visited a number of Livery Halls, the Leadenhall Building, as well as other sites across the City.

The ride raised funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s three nominated charities, Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity has been particularly generous, and has made a donation worth £25,000.

Prime Warden Michael Prideaux, Fourth Warden Richard Fox, and Clerk Sir David Reddaway were all on hand to offer their hospitality to Mr and Mrs Bowman when they arrived at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

Donations can be made at justgiving.com/fundraising/lord-mayor-charles-bowman