London Borough of Havering took part in the London New Year’s Parade this year with their float being based on Mary Poppins it was deemed Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by all the judges winning them seventh place with a prize of £4,000.
The theme of the 2017 parade was “lights, camera, action” and The Mayor of Havering, Cllr. Philippa Crowder, and her Consort Cllr. John Crowder, were on board the float with all of the representatives from the local charities that the Mayor is supporting during her Mayoral year, Havering College students who were involved in helping build the amazing float and also a number of performers from the Hornchurch-based youth group Store Room Theatre
Claire Bailey-Day from Store Room Theatre said:
“It was such a great experience. The children had a great time singing, dancing and appearing on TV. Big thanks to Queens Theatre in Hornchurch for loaning us some wonderful handcrafted costumes”
The float had been mounted on a truck which was generously donated by the Chigwell Construction and the company also tweeted their congratulations to the whole team that was behind the float for what they termed “a fantastic event”
Havering College’s apprentice Ashley Taunton who covered the whole event for the college on social media said:
“I am very grateful that I had been given the opportunity to be a part of the New Year’s Parade as it was such an amazing experience. There was a fantastic atmosphere the whole way through and even though it started raining that didn’t manage to the dampen any spirits."
The Mayor said:
“I was so pleased with the day and the tremendous effort put in by all involved. It was such a good feeling when I learnt that we had won £4,000 to support my Mayoral Charity Appeal and that we had featured in the live TV coverage of the event.”