Merton wins top prize at New Year’s Day parade

The spectacular winter float ‘Winter Wonderland in Merton’ inspired by the beautiful parks in Merton and the staff who maintain them won 1st prize in the New Year’s Day Parade along with £7,500 for the mayoral charities.

A team effort from schoolchildren, councillors and the Wimbledon Guild proved a winning combination to beat off the competition from over 20 other London boroughs.

Pupils from Wimbledon Chase School sang a specially composed song by Mitcham councillor Linda Kirby to an audience of over half a million people lining the streets of central London as around 10,000 performers took part in the spectacular parade.

Councillor Geraldine Stanford contacted Peter Wallder from Merton Abbey Mills who created an exceptional float.

Bike-riding reindeer pulled a white sleigh carrying the snow king and queen surrounded by snow people, elves, polar bears and stilt walkers.

Mayor of Merton Councillor Martin Whelton said: ‘We are delighted with our success in the parade. So much time and effort went into the float and it created a huge visual impact. I would also like to thank everyone involved in the float, it was a great team effort and it was great to see so many involved in our success”

“Over 20 London councils put forward their floats for this big occasion and it really made me proud to see Merton’s float having the winning entry and really puts us on the map.”