Merton paraded proudly down the streets of London last week, to come fourth out of 30 boroughs in this years infamous New Years Day Parade.
The float was designed and built by students from the Wimbledon School of Art, and reflected the Mayor of Merton, Maxi Martin’s theme for the year, ‘Celebrating Young People in Merton’. This theme was brought to life by the entertainment on board the float. The Uptown Dance Group, who are based in the High Path Centre, performed throughout the procession, as did the Destiny All Stars Cheerleaders, who are from Morden, and pupils from Raynes Park High School who played the drums. The £1000 prize money will go towards to the Mayor’s chosen charities, Breast Cancer Care and Merton Mencap.
A further achievement for Merton was in the form of a mention in the Role of Honour for Pamela Galliers, who has been a foster carer in Merton for 34 years. Pamela was put up in a top London Hotel for on New Year’s Eve and following the parade on New Year’s Day, the Mayor of Merton presented her with a memento during a presentation.
The Mayor said of the day:
“I must congratulate and thank all that were involved in making the day such a success, especially the students from the Wimbledon School of Art, who created the float. But most of all, Pamela Galliers must be applauded for all her tremendous efforts with the young people of Merton; she was thoroughly deserving of this commendation.
“A fantastic day was had by all at the Parade, and I felt truly proud to represent the Borough of Merton.”