Sunday 15th November, 2009
"In April 2009 I received a phone call from Lindsay Hargraves, of The Worshipful Company of Farmers, who had been talking to one of my fellow Directors, asking if we could get a pea viner down to London for The Lord Mayor's Show. I agreed to do this without really thinking of the logistics, but it all fell into place."
The viner went back to PMC at Fakenham at the end of our season for an overhaul and a bit of touching up, and the Yes Peas! campaign produced some signage for the machine.
On the 12th November 2009 some local school children from Fakenham waved the viner off as it departed for London.
I caught up with the machine in London on the next day. It was quite bizzare seeing it parked in The City of London near St Pauls on a friday as people went about their daily routine!
We unloaded the machine early on the saturday morning ready for the show. To say that we were nervous would be an under statement. Who knows when you will have a puncture or a burst pipe.
To cut a long story short, we had a great day, and the machine caused quite a stir. These pictures give you some idea of the day, and more images can be found at www.peas.org, the Yes Peas! website."
Friday 13th November, 2009
This morning the 08 machine was loaded to go down to London for The Lord Mayor's Parade on 14th November. We have been asked to enter the machine by The Worshipful Company of Farmers. After the season it had a thorough clean before being taken to Fakenham for its overhaul. Once that was completed PMC then touched up various parts to make it shine. You will see that there are "Yes Peas" banners on it. If you Google "The Lord Mayor's Show" you will find a lot of information regarding the history of the event. If you are of a mind BBC do broadcast the event from 10.45am on 14th November BBC1. So let's hope there is a bit of coverage. We are No 12 in the procession sandwiched by a horse drawn fire engine and an old bus. Richard Longs are now on their way down, stopping at Stansted before having a final look to check for any obstacles on the route in London. There will be more pictures to follow!