The Square Mile comes out in force for London’s Poppy Day

WITH Poppy Day fundraising events happening all over London yesterday, from Covent Garden to Clarence House, the Square Mile certainly did not let the capital down.

The Military Wives Choir were serenading the masses on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral; and over in Leadenhall market HMS Collingwood Band were striking a chord with City workers. The fundraising spirit even made it out to Canary Wharf where the Royal Artillery Band were helping volunteers from Morgan Stanley and Barclays encourage donations to support the Royal British Legion.

Sadly the gusty winds prevented The Royal Marines from abseiling down the south side of Broadgate Tower. But there’s always next year.

Remember, remember the 5th of November? Although there will be fireworks cracking all over London this weekend, in early celebration of Guy Fawkes night, our fair City will be still. Traditionally there is a display of bangers at The Lord Mayor’s Show, which is on 10 November. The show, which first began in 1215, is to welcome the incoming Lord Mayor of the City of London to office. However, tissues at the ready for poor Alderman Roger Gifford please, as this year the fireworks display is cancelled. Despite the show going ahead as usual, the organisers feel that, after a summer of Diamond Jubilee and Olympic celebrations: “There's only so many fireworks we should be sending up in one year!”

Several spread betters have been crying into their coffers this week over the two unprecedented goal fests in the Capital One Cup. The 7-5 Arsenal win and 5-4 Chelsea win hit the sports room of Spreadex painfully hard. The Capitalist’s man on the inside at the firm confessed: “These matches have been a spread punter’s dream and a sports trader’s nightmare. We lost more than £300,000 on the two games alone and are praying for some 0-0 bore draws in the Premier League this weekend.” It was a similar fate over at Sporting Index who were down £350,000 after wincing through the Gunners’ match: “It might have been amazing television viewing, but it was a horror show as far as we were concerned.”