Merton is celebrating after taking second prize in the famous New Year’s Day Parade through the centre of the capital.

Merton’s float featured representatives from Merton’s communities and tourist sites within the borough and came within one place of top spot.

The parade, made up of 10,000 individuals, bands, floats and entertainers was seen by a million people on the streets of London and a TV audience of millions watching in America and Japan.

The Mayor of Merton’s charities will receive the £5,000 prize money and the borough was also presented with a cup for coming home second. One hundred and ten people for Merton took part on the float and the tourist sites featured helped toward the costs of the float.

Councillor Ian Munn, Mayor of Merton, said: “What a fantastic result and what a fantastic day. I am extremely pleased we achieved such a good result.

“The most important thing of course was that Merton was on display to so many people in London and so many people across the world. Thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who was involved.”

A Mayoral reception to thank all the people in Merton who took part is planned and a special tour of the borough by the float is also set to go ahead this weekend.