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Boris ends up in The Tower—pleading for his heritage

PUBLISHED: 17:02 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:25 05 October 2010

The mayor in the 'custody' of the Warden Gaoler

The mayor in the 'custody' of the Warden Gaoler

BORIS Johnson was taken to the Tower of London today—in the custody of the Yeoman Gaoler and the Beefeaters. But his head stayed firmly on his shoulders as he pleaded to Londoners

By Julia Gregory

BORIS Johnson was taken to the Tower of London today—in the custody of the Yeoman Gaoler and the Beefeaters.

But there were no calls from political opponents from City Hall opposite of “off with the Mayor’s head.”

Instead, the head stayed firmly on the mayor’s shoulders as he promised London would see its way out of the recession.

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Boris was launching his month-long celebration of London’s heritage and chose The Tower—bits of which go back to Roman Times—to start the ball rolling.

He urged Londoners to “get out and explore” the wealth of diverse history on their doorstep.

“It’s important that we celebrate London,” he said. “It’s when we understand London’s historic genius and adaptability that we can see how it will come through this recession—as it did in the 1930s.”

Events during the four-week Story of London’ celebration include walking tours this weekend and a river pageant celebrating the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s coronation with a flotilla of skiffs sailing up the Thames from Tower Bridge to Hampton Court on June 20.

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