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Cornish role in capital's parade
David Brewer
David Brewer has a home in north Cornwall
Cornwall had a strong presence in the Lord Mayor's Parade in London as the new mayor took up his position.

The new Lord Mayor David Brewer has strong family ties with Cornwall and he and his family spend much time in their north Cornwall home.

The county had its own float at Saturday's event and the Mount Charles band was also playing.

He has also arranged for Cornish food to be served at next week's Lord Mayor's banquet.

'Cornwall Day'

Mr Brewer say he plans to promote Cornish produce during his year as Lord Mayor and has already made a start by persuading celebrity chef Rick Stein to cook a special fish course for the Lord Mayor's Banquet, on 14 November.

The inspiration for the Cornish float at the parade has come from local gardens.

Mr Brewer said: "We have been coming to Cornwall for years and years and I have noticed in shops and restaurants that the range of Cornwall quality produce has grown and we want to extend that to our friends in London.

"Throughout the year we are going to try to have Cornish produce as much as possible, with Cornish food and flowers at the Mansion House banquets.

"There will be a major City presence at the Royal Cornwall Show in June, and a Cornwall Day in the City of London at about the same time."

Mr Brewer took over officially from Alderman Michael Savory on Friday.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of South West Tourism, said: "This will encourage more to visit the county and to purchase more of our wonderful food and drink products when they are with us and equally importantly when they go back to their homes and tell their friends."

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