Merton’s Carousel of Fun impresses New Year party-goers

Merton Council wowed New Year revellers with its spectacular Carousel of Fun float at this year’s New Year’s Day parade.

Hundreds of participants, including schoolchildren from America and representatives from other London boroughs, joined the huge parade as it made its way through the streets of central London.

Children from the Mayor’s charities – Deen City Farm and Merton Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Goup – were just some of those who accompanied Merton Mayor, Councillor John Dehaney, on the council’s float – which was named the fifth best in the whole parade.

Merton Council was awarded £2,500 for its superb display, which showed the many activities and opportunities there are for youngsters in the borough. The money will go to cover the cost of taking part in the parade and any cash left over will be divided between Deen City Farm and the Merton Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Group.

Merton Mayor, Councillor John Dehaney said: “It was a really lovely day and all those who took part enjoyed themselves.

“Of course we would have loved to have come first but fifth is still a very good position.”

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Photographs of the event are available on request.