Creative youngsters from Newham urged to show off design talent at Lord Mayor’s Show

Show off your artistic skills to over two million people on a London icon at the Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Jack Petchey Foundation, a Newham charity that works to reward young people, will have two floats at the presitigious parade through the centre of London and they are looking for someone with the creative chops to represent young Londoners.

Anyone in London or Essex aged between 11 and 25 is invited to create a dynamic design to be wrapped around an open top double decker bus forming part of the procession through the City of London.

Over 6,000 participants spend months preparing their floats for the 800-year-old, three mile-long Lord Mayor’s Show for the amazement of hundreds of thousands of street spectators and a live TV audience of millions.

The chosen design will be based around the four core values of the Jack Petchey Foundation which are encouragement, motivation, inspiration, and recognition.

Dominic Reid OBE, Pageantmaster of the Lord Mayor’s Show, will be deciding the winner with the Foundation and the design will be brought to life by professional graphic designers.

The talented youngster will also accompany the bus on its journey and win four tickets for the Grandstand at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Lee Thompson, head of events, said: “We want the design to showcase our work with young people so it’s got to be colourful, vibrant, youthful and full of energy.

“We are excited that this year we can make our work come alive in this way and it’s a great opportunity for creative young people out there to see their design come to life, too.

“We want our bus to be the envy of London.”

Lee said: “You don’t have to be an excellent designer or illustrator; it’s more about creativity in a big and bold design and being adventurous.”

Entries can be sent to Lee Thompson, Jack Petchey Foundation, Exchange House, 13-14 Clements Court, Clements Lane, Ilford, Essex, 1G1 2QY or emailed to

More information on the competition can be found at