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A NEW Year's Day Parade float built by construction students and staff at Havering College's Rainham Campus Construction Centre has been moved up the rankings into joint third place after organisers discovered a voting error.

The vintage steam train float has now helped the Mayor of Havering to raise £5,000 for local charities - £3,000 more than previously reported.

A spokesman for the London New Year's Day Parade confirmed this week: "There was a lost sheet of marks which turned up and the Havering float was in joint third place which means the borough will now receive £5,000 for the Mayor's charities.

Construction students Ben Leask and Jake Steadman, Carpentry & Joinery lecturer Colin Hughes and curriculum manager for Painting & Decorating, Duane Randall had joined The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew, on board her vintage steam train float for London's New Year's Day Parade on January 1st.

The train had been crafted in wood in exquisite detail by students and staff at the construction centre in New Road, Rainham, for a competition between the London Boroughs on the theme 'London on the Move.'

The parade was televised worldwide and watched by more than 550,000 spectators who packed the 2.2-mile route from the Ritz Hotel to Parliament Square.

 

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Cllr Trew said: "Everyone thought our entry was fantastic and we had such a great time on the day. It was a fantastic experience for everyone but when the results were announced I was somewhat disappointed, mainly for the students and the college that we didn't do better than sixth place.

"However, I have since had a call from parade organisers to say they miscounted the votes and we came third. I am absolutely over the moon and so pleased for the college and the students."

The float has now been returned to the Rainham Campus Construction Centre where further work will be undertaken to prepare the steam train and carriage for longer term legacy use in the borough.
The £5,000 prize will benefit the Mayor's official charities, the Havering branches of add+up, Alzheimer's Society and MIND.

Cllr Trew is planning a 'thank you' reception at the Town Hall when students Ben and Jake will be presented with official NYDP medals and all Havering College students who worked on the float project will receive certificates.

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