Havering College

CONSTRUCTION students at Havering College are to help get the wheels turning on plans by the Mayor of Havering to build a float for London's New Year's Day Parade.

Carpentry and Painting & Decorating students based at the Rainham Campus Construction Centre will create a head-turning structure for one of the world's great street spectaculars.

The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew is competing with other London Boroughs from across the capital to win cash for her official charities when the floats are judged.

The theme for the 2015 parade is London on the Move and Cllr. Trew hopes to boost funds for the local branches of add+up, Alzheimer's Society and MIND with an eye-catching design for Havering's float based around how Londoners got around the capital in years gone by and today.

This week Cllr Trew visited the Havering College Construction Centre in New Road, Rainham to ask students and staff to join with TIME FM, The Liberty Shopping Centre and Crossrail in supporting the community project.

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Cllr Trew said: "The London New Year's Day Parade is an extravaganza of fun and festivities. There are up to 10,000 performers, hundreds of thousands of spectators line the route and it's televised worldwide.

"It is also one of the biggest charity fundraising events in the capital. All London Mayors have the option to enter the parade to win money for their chosen charities.

"I am delighted to have the construction students from Havering College on board for this fabulous project. As well as constructing and painting the float, some of them will be offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of the parade the big day."

Havering College head of school for Construction, Duane Randall said: "We are proud to be a part of this exciting event which will help raise money for the Mayor's worthwhile causes. Designing, building and painting the structure for the float will give our students an opportunity to showcase their skills to the world. It will be a real work project with tight deadlines to meet and excellent experience for their future careers."

• The search is also on for dancers and performers to follow the Havering float as it makes its way from outside The Ritz to Parliament Street. There is a call out for a singer to perform a solo before judges at the end of the two mile route. For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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