A FIRST class effort by students and staff at Havering College's Rainham Campus Construction Centre for London's New Year's Day Parade is about to be rewarded.
Forty four students and their tutors are to receive certificates from the Mayor of Havering as a 'thank you' for building a vintage steam train float which came third in the big parade on New Year's Day.
The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew is to host a reception at Romford Town Hall next month (February) in recognition of their efforts which generated £5,000 for local charities.
The train, comprising engine, carriage plus advertising hoarding, 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.
Construction students Ben Leask and Jake Steadman, Carpentry & Joinery lecturer Colin Hughes and curriculum manager for Painting & Decorating, Duane Randall were invited on board and had a memorable day waving to the crowds.
Cllr Linda Trew said: "I am still in awe of what we achieved on the day of the parade and am so grateful to the students and staff at the Rainham Campus Construction Centre for making this possible. It has made an enormous difference to the fund raising for my official charities which are add+up, Alzheimer's Society and MIND."
Student Ben Leask, 17, from Harold Hill, who is studying for a City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery, said: "Taking part in making the float has been a real privilege and taking part in the parade was both mind-blowing and breath-taking. Everyone could see our hard work and it was appreciated by the crowds."
Train enthusiast Jake Steadman, 16, from Harold Hill, who is on the City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills course, said: "The parade was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I was very proud to represent the college."
Carpentry & Joinery lecturer Colin Hughes said: "We did what we set out to achieve, going from design concept to completion of the float in six weeks. I have never seen the students so engaged in a project and they worked really hard.
"On the day itself, the atmosphere was fantastic. It was the biggest New Year's Day Parade ever and the crowds were 20 deep. We were very pleasantly surprised that we made third place which means even more money for charity."
Havering College Carpentry students who worked on the float were: Daniel Burtenshaw; Nick Rainey; Joe Bush; Tyler Wood; George Nunn; Ben Leask; Jake Burley; Luke Wakefield; Jack Lee; Dean Worrell; Jack Woodward; Angus Cuthbert; Elliot Doyle; Hayley Pearce; Adam Dunlop; Tom Prior; Scott Smith; Mark Widford; Sam Hare; James Daly and Andrew Stannard.
Painting & Decorating students were: James Cherry; Rebecca Fox; David Gravell; Rebecca Stone; Godfried Agyemang; Harry Arno; Neil Brimmer; Dylan Compton-Lowe; Shane Hurst; Benjamin Oliver; Daniel Joslin; Jack Long; Bradley Jude; Billy Pengelly; Jimmy Woodhouse; Brandon Wyatt; Eshan Zaifet; Seanoy James; Jake Steadman; Rangit Sura ;George Morgan, Katie Mcgowan and Anthony Rowe.