A MEDAL ceremony hosted by the Mayor of Havering was the destination for students and their tutors from Havering College.
The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew hosted a reception at Romford Town Hall for all those who played a part in this year's highly successful London New Year's Day Parade in which Havering's float came third, winning £5,000 for local charities.
The Havering entry – a vintage steam train - had been crafted in wood in exquisite detail by students and staff at Havering College's Rainham Campus Construction Centre in New Road, Rainham, for a competition between the London Boroughs on the theme 'London on the Move.'
Parade executive director Bob Bone and his wife Geraldine travelled to the ceremony to present Cllr Linda Trew with a trophy and a cheque which will benefit her three official charities, the local branches of add+up, Alzheimer's Society and MIND.
Among those to receive certificates and official LYNYD medals from the Mayor were 44 Havering College students on Carpentry and Painting & Decorating courses plus their lecturers.
Parade organiser Bob Bone said: "What a good job you all did in working so hard and earning all that money for your Mayor's charities."
Cllr Linda Trew said: "This has meant much. We have received a lot of good feedback. I am so grateful to everyone who helped and I feel proud."
The London New Year's Day Parade was watched by more than 550,000 spectators and televised worldwide to potential audiences of 300 million. A short film capturing all the excitement and the hard work that went into Havering's entry was screened at the Town Hall.
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 train, being on board the float on the day of the parade and being presented with an official medal has been fantastic."
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."
The float is now back at the Rainham Campus Construction Centre where further work may be undertaken to prepare the steam engine for longer term legacy use in the borough.