Merton won first prize in the London New Year’s Day Parade for the second year running, with £7,500 going to the Mayor of Merton’s charities.
Merton’s entry “My Fair London” – a celebration of London as the celebration capital of the world, claimed the victory for the fourth time in seven years on a sun-filled day in central London. The entry, a ship with hot air balloon and confetti cannon called Mertonia, was put together by talented students from Wimbledon College of Art, managed by Peter Wallder from Merton Abbey Mills.
Youngsters from Younger Generation Theatre group sang and danced to a song specially composed by Councillor Linda Kirby. The project was co-ordinated by Councillor Geraldine Stanford who also provided the costumes.
Many friends and colleagues, councillors, council officers and volunteers from Merton, Morden and Wimbledon Guilds, as well as local businesses helped to make the day a success. Breakfast was provided on the way up to central London in the early morning, courtesy of Mike Smith from McDonalds.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams said: “I was honoured to step forward to receive the trophy and first prize of £7,500 for my Charitable Trust. A big thank you to all who made this happen after countless hours of voluntary work. I want to express my gratitude on behalf of all who will benefit, in due course, from the money raised for deserving causes in our borough.”