Bromley student takes part in iconic pageant

PUBLISHED: 11:02 11 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:02 11 November 2014

Artemis Irvine and Chris Hollins.

Artemis Irvine and Chris Hollins.


A Bromley student was one of the star’s of the Lord Mayor’s show.

Artemis Irvine was singled out for an interview for BBC TV’s live televised programme of the iconic pageant.

She was questioned by popular TV presenter and former Bromley resident Chris Hollins.

Artemis, 16, a student at Bromley’s Newstead School for Girls, is the winner of this year’s Jack Petchey’s Speak Out challenge, the world’s largest public speaking competition funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

After winning the Bromley final Artemis made the short list for the Grand Final and went on to claim the prestigious title in July this year winning £5,000 shared with her school.

BBC TV was keen to catch up with Artemis to find out more about what the public speaking training and winning the title has done for her self-confidence.

“I am thrilled to have been selected to interview,” she said.

“This is the first time I have been to the Lord Mayor’s Show.

“It was an amazing experience and I had great fun.

“Winning the Speak Out challenge has given me a skill I didn’t know I had.

“My subject was feminism and a year ago I would never have thought I could do it.

“At the end of the interview Chris Hollins invited me to join the dancers but I told him I do public speaking not dancing!”

Lord Mayor’s Show is the oldest, longest and most popular civic procession in the world.

The parade is three miles long, 800 years old next year and the most prestigious annual event in London’s history.

Phillip Allinson, head of events at the Foundation, said: “It was another remarkable year for us at the show particularly as we are celebrating 15 years of the Foundation.

“Lord Mayor’s Show is always a special occasion and we are delighted to bring this experience to over 150 young people this year.”

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