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Bromley man teams up with TV star Graham Cole for Lord Mayor's Show

PUBLISHED: 09:29 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:39 10 November 2016

Robert Constant (second from left) witth Graham Cole (right)

Robert Constant (second from left) witth Graham Cole (right)

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The duo will appear in a display by the Worshipful Company of Carmen

A Bromley resident is to team up with TV star Graham Cole when he appears Lord Mayor’s Show this weekend.

Robert Constant, who lives on Kings Avenue, will play Henry VIII in this year’s parade as part of celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.

Mr Cole, better known to millions as The Bill’s PC Tony Stamp, will pull an ancient handcart loaded with the king’s chattels while Mr Constant looks on.

Both men are members of the livery company, which now exists as a charitable and ceremonial institution.

Mr Constant said: “It is quite an honour to represent the company in what will be our 500th anniversary.

“Graham is quite an inspiring individual. I have never really appeared in anything so public before but it is reassuring when you have a professional actor who can provide guidance and quell your nerves.”

When asked what landed him the role of Henry VIII, he replied: “Probably my size. I’m quite rotund, and along with the beard it probably qualified me.

“I am also quite active in the company, so my name was probably one of those that came to the fore.”

Mr Constant, who is 69, has worked in transport and logistics for more than forty years, starting off in the Metropolitan Police and later joining London Electricity.

He now works as an independent transport consultant.

“I have spoken to other people who have been in the parade before and they say it is quite infectious and it overwhelms your fears,” he said.

“The other landmark is we have just appointed our first female master this year, so it is quite an honour.”

The Lord Mayor’s Show will begin at 9am on Saturday, November 12, with festivities running throughout the day.

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