PEOPLE from Bexley played their part in this year's Lord Mayor's Show through the streets of central London.

The annual spectacular, which marks the appointment of the new Lord Mayor of London, showcases the businesses, organisations and communities which make up the capital.

Army reservist Ola Oyalegan, a 35-year-old IT manager from Bexley, took part.

He has just returned home after a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan with the London Regiment's Somme Company.

The regiment provided the guard of honour for the three-mile procession.

Cadets from Bexley were part of the St John Ambulance contingent, which had a float in the parade and staffed ambulances and treatment centres along the route.

It is trying to recruit in readiness for the 2012 London Olympics.

More than 6,000 people in 143 floats and vehicles took part in this year's event.

The new Lord Mayor, Alderman David Lewis, travelled from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice to take his oath of allegience to the Queen, and back again.

The Lord Mayor's Show is the largest unrehearsed procession in the world. It was first held in 1215.

To find out more about joining St John Ambulance, call 020 7258 3456.

For details of the London Regiment and the Territorial Army, call 020 7801 2543.