Following Merton’s victorious float entry in the New Years Day parade in central London, Merton’s Mayor, Councillor Judy Saunders expressed her delight by issuing the following words.
‘I am delighted to inform everyone that at the London New Year’s Day Parade, out of all the London Boroughs entered, the Merton Float won first prize. The float featured ‘The Pleasures and Treasures of Merton’ and was themed around Merton Abbey Mills. This is the first time that Merton has won, having entered nearly every year for the past 20 years. This also gives my Charity – The Merton Music Foundation a cheque for £6,000. This was a great opportunity to promote Merton and winning the first prize was just fabulous.’