Lap of honour for Merton’s prize-winning Horsepower

Mayor of Merton Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender is inviting Merton residents to join her on 21 April in accompanying the council’s prize-winning float Horsepower back to Wimbledon College of Art.

The time has come for the horse to leave the Civic Centre in Morden on Saturday 21 April at noon. The Mayor is keen to see as many councillors, council staff, family and friends as possible out collecting for the Mayoral charities along the way.

Merton’s Horsepower came joint first with Westminster City Council in the 2012 New Year’s Day parade, earning £7,000 for the Mayor’s charities. The theme of the parade was ‘The London Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’. Merton’s entry paid homage to the horse-drawn wagon of the Surrey Iron Railway in Merton – the first licensed public railway in the world. The improved transport links contributed to the resurrection of the modern Olympic Games, allowing people to travel from greater distance

Councillor Lewis-Lavender said: ‘I’m extremely proud of this amazing horse made by our students, and this is a great opportunity for all our residents to see the wonderful workmanship first-hand.

‘I look forward to as many of our residents as possible joining me for Horsepower’s lap of honour.’