It’s a great time to be President of the Students’ Union as this year as we mark the centenary of the Students’ Union mascot, King Carrot.
To give you some background information to King Carrot, in the formative days of the Union, sports clubs travelled to and from the sports grounds at Palmers Green using a horse-drawn bus. Because of the frequent reluctance of the horse to cooperate, a carrot was often dangled in front of its nose. This became such a regular occurrence that the carrot found itself as mascot of the Union and was first called “His Most Noble Majesty, King Carrot”. Various versions of the carrot have existed, from fibreglass to cloth. Alarms were set up to alert students in case of Mascot Raids by other London Student Unions – everybody would rush out of lectures to save the carrot from its foes! Consequently, the Union mascot during the 1970s was made out of 4 tonnes of concrete attached by steel bands to a pillar in the bar, called reverently by the name of King Carrot VI.
The Carrot represents the lighter side of life at City. Sports, music, dancing and generally having a good time.”
To celebrate King Carrot’s 100th birthday, we recently held an informal event in the Saddlers’ Bar where all of the sabbatical officers wore full carrot outfits; lots of students also took part by wearing orange and necklaces made from Chantenay carrots.
It was a fun way for us to raise awareness of the Carrot to our new intake of students, and we feel we have already instilled a sense of pride in our university mascot.
We will be working with the Alumni Relations Team to organise an event for alumni too so watch this space for more information.
In the meantime, if you have any memories of the carrot you would like to share, please post your comments here or send your carrot photos to firstname.lastname@example.org