Vintage trailer transports musicians with learning disabilities at the Lord Mayor’s Show 2013

Theatre Company Spare Tyre will be sponsored by leading recycling and waste management company Veolia Environmental Services to take part in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. A vintage curtain side trailer will transport the Spare Tyre Band – a group of musicians with learning disabilities – in the show.

Veolia Environmental Services’ vintage trailer, found in a field in Bromley and last used to carry horses for the merry go round in a Russian circus, will be designed by award winning designer, Magdalen Rubalcava.

The trailer will be decorated with birds and poppies crafted by participants and volunteers in the Lambeth area.

The float will be representative of the diverse communities that Spare Tyre works with. Spare Tyre’s person-centred drama, movement and music workshops enable participants with learning disabilities to express themselves as creative beings.

Spare Tyre’s Artistic Director, Arti Prashar said, “We’re delighted to be sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services at this spectacular 3-mile long procession. Our partnership with Veolia focuses on recycling, volunteering and actively supporting people with learning disabilities.”

Robert Seear, Veolia’s Regional Manager for South London, said: “We are proud to support Spare Tyre and be a part of this fantastic, world famous event. We look forward to working with Magdalen and all at Spare Tyre to help create what we hope will be an extremely impressive float.”


Notes for Editors
Spare Tyre uses and makes theatre that enables voiceless communities and individuals to share and celebrate their untold stories, transforming lives and challenging prejudice. Spare Tyre currently works with adults with learning disabilities, people aged 60+, older people with advanced-dementia and women who have experienced violence.
Find out more about Spare Tyre at  
Magdalen Rubalcava is an award-winning designer based in Lambeth. Magdalen has over 20 years of set and costume design for a number of films, the National Theatre and the West End. She has previously been awarded an Arts Council bursary and an Emmy for her design work.
The Lord Mayor’s Show will take place on Saturday 9th November 2013 in London. To find out more about the route please visit the Lord Mayor’s Show website.
For more information please contact [email protected] or call 0207 061 6454.

For more information please contact:
Dan Lester
Communications Manager
Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc.
Contract House
Ashley Road Depot
London N17 9AZ
Tel: +44(0)7920 295 715
E: [email protected]