Daleks, vintage Minis and double-decker buses among the actors of the Jubilee competition
A cast of thousands of colorful characters and hundreds of iconic vehicles parading through central London for the Jubilee Pageant includes 1950s motorcycles, decorated seven-decade double-decker buses and a band of belligerent Daleks.
The four alien mutants from the science fiction television program Doctor Who will roll alongside cultural icons of the 1960s in the show’s Time of Our Lives Decade by Decade section.
True to their combative nature on screen, the Daleks threatened fellow artists and journalists gathered at Horse Guards Parade with “extermination”.
“Surrender now, you have been exterminated!” Don’t threaten the Daleks! one of the villains shouted as he charged towards the screaming onlookers.
One of the operators, Simon James, 48, said he didn’t mind spending many hours in the suit.
“I have a good comfortable seat, so I’m going to have the best seat in the house,” he told the PA news agency.
In his mechanical Dalek voice, the train conductor from Birmingham added: “I am very happy to participate in the Platinum Jubilee.
“The Queen has done this country an incredible service and we are here to pay tribute to the Sovereign.”
Gaynor Cowley, 58, said she accompanied the Daleks as a caretaker.
“They have to have someone with them so they don’t run over anything, bump into anything or go over potholes.
“I also help him get in and out of the Dalek,” she said, adding that they were members of the Dalek Project, who build Daleks and give advice on them.
The gravelled parade ground in St James’s Park was packed with vintage cars and motorbikes, floats and performers preparing to set off for the 3km carnival procession on a cool, gray Sunday morning.
The 1960s portion of the parade will also feature a fleet of iconic Minis, with the driver of one saying she was “emotional” to take part.
Sarah Jones will drive her model, which she bought for £500 in 1974, with a corgi cut out in the back.
The 74-year-old silversmith from Islington in London said she had made a bouquet of national flowers in silver for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, including the daffodil, rose, clover and thistle.
Open-top buses lined Horse Guards ready to transport celebrities from every era of the Queen’s reign.
Bus preservation enthusiasts Richard Dixon, 63, and Ivan Fisher, 42, who will be the ticket driver on the 1950s bus and the driver of the 2000s bus respectively, said they were more enthusiastic about the idea of attending the event itself than meeting celebrities.
Mr Fisher said: “I am more keen to enter the pageant and really do it for the Queen because I am a big Royalist so whatever is on my heart. It would be nice to have one of them (celebrities) on.
said Mr. Dixon. “On the 1953 bus we have Sir Cliff Richard, can’t wait to meet him.”
Barry Yarde, one of the motorcyclists who will lead a fleet of classic motorcycles through the 1950s section on his 1953 Sunbeam S7 twin engine, said it was “brilliant” to be part of the festivities.
The 66-year-old from Brockley, south-east London, said: ‘Whether you’re a royalist or not it makes no difference, just celebrating 70 years I think is a brilliant thing to to participate.
“After two years of tough times for everyone, a gathering like this is just wonderful, seeing everyone enjoying being outside and being together is important.”
The ambitious £15million competition is split into four acts: For Queen and Country with a military parade; The Time of Our Lives progresses through seven decades of culture, music and fashion; Let’s Celebrate telling the Queen’s life story in 12 chapters with corgi puppets and carnival creations; and the musical show Happy and Glorious.