New Year’s Day Parade float lands cash for charities

A flag-covered jetliner float has landed Havering 2nd place in London’s New Year’s Day Parade, winning £9,000 for local charities.

This year’s theme – ‘London Welcomes the World’ attracted more than 650,000 spectators and 8,000 participants across 15 London Boroughs.

The prize money will go to Havering’s Mayoral Charity Appeal, which supports Havering Mind, Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund and the Rainbow Trust.

The parade float was built by construction students at Havering College, and was accompanied by a performance from Store Room Theatre group.

Mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel said: “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of the participants for taking part in the London New Year’s Day Parade.

“The event was incredibly successful.

“Some of the most memorable moments of the day were all the performances and team work which was truly impressive and I am so proud that our borough holds such talent.

“Without all of the performer’s talent it would not have been possible to come second in this event and win £9000 for my three local charities.

“I would like to thank all who took part to achieve what we have and I wish everyone a healthy and happy new year.”