Mayor says “thank you!”

London's New year's Day Parade
The children from Store Room Theatre gather at McDonald’s Gallows Corner
Published: Tuesday, 17th January 2017

The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Philippa Crowder, had a chance to thank again all the performers from the Store Room Youth Theatre in Hornchurch who helped her float in London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

The children dressed up as characters from the film Mary Poppins to accompany the Havering borough float and they gathered at McDonalds’s at Gallows Corner in Romford on Saturday (7 January).

Gerry Byrne, the Franchisee for McDonald’s in Romford offered free food and drink to all the performers on New Year’s Day and he explained why he was happy to support the performers:

“I’m always happy to support the Mayor’s charities. When all the children came back from London on New Year’s Day we took them all to our restaurant in the Mercury Mall for food and drink to help warm them up after hours on the streets of London.”

Claire Bailey-Day from Store Room Youth Theatre said:

“It’s great to see everyone back together and really celebrate our success in the New Year’s Day Parade. We want to come back next year and win it!”

Ciaron White, the Events Coordinator at Havering Mind, one of the charities that the Mayor is supporting this year, said:

“It was fantastic to be part of the event. Everyone made friends during the day and it was such a great experience.”

The Mayor said:

“The effort put into the costumes by all the children from Store Room Youth Theatre was incredible. It was a great team effort and I’m so happy everyone could get back to together to celebrate our success and allow me to present the children with commemorative medals.”