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Havering float wins £4,000

Mayor of Havering
Chim Chim Cher-Ee: London’s chimney pot skyline recreated for the Havering float in the 2017 London New Year’s Day Parade with the Mayor of Havering and students from Store Room Theatre on board. Picture courtesy Havering College
Published: Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Havering’s Mary Poppins float in London New Year’s day Parade was deemed Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by the judges and won £4,000 for coming seventh.

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 along with representatives of the local charities that the Mayor is supporting during her Mayoral year, and a number of performers from Hornchurch-based Store Room Youth Theatre.

Claire Bailey-Day from Store Room Youth 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 was mounted on a truck donated by Chigwell Construction and the company tweeted their congratulations to the whole team behind the float for what they termed “a fantastic event.”

Havering College staff and students built the float and college apprentice Ashley Taunton who was covering the event for the college on social media said:

“Being part of the New Year’s Day Parade was an amazing experience. There was a fantastic atmosphere all day long, and the rain certainly didn't dampen 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.”