Master Carman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Holder RLC sported his favourite superhero suit

Lord Mayor Alderman Alan Yarrow led a group of 85 abseilers down the 289ft tall building façade of one of the City’s most iconic buildings to support the annual Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

The aim was to raise a total of £100k for a number of charities including Mencap and Scope. Charity events will continue to be held in 2015, so check out the Lord Mayor’s Appeal event calendar.

For most participants, including Lawson Muncaster, founder and managing director of City A.M., it was their first time ever abseiling.

No special preparation or shoes were needed, however a team of professional climbers was ready to help on the roof. Still many abseilers stalled for several minutes before stepping over the edge. Some humorously confessed that they should not have watched abseiling YouTube videos the day before.

Despite the nerves, the Master Carman of the year Lieutenant Colonel Paul Holder RLC, who donned a Superman costume, said he never felt so confident and relaxed.

“It is quite a lot of adrenaline, I really enjoyed it, and for a good cause,” commented Ben Fuller, Head of the Investment Trust Team at Winterflood Securities.

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Each abseiler wore a helmet, as well as a harness and carabiner which kept them attached to the rope
The Lord Mayor of London Alderman Alan Yarrow
The Lord Mayor of London Alderman Alan Yarrow
Lawson Muncaster, founder and managing director of City A.M, stands on the far right
Lawson Muncaster, founder and managing director of City A.M, stands on the far right

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Master Carmen Lieutenant Colonel Paul Holder RLC
The Master Carman of the year Lieutenant Colonel Paul Holder RLC

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The descent

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Passerbys noticed something a bit unusual
Passerbys noticed something a bit unusual

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The view from below
The view from below
Safe on the ground
Safe on the ground

Photos: Sergei Valmon

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