Cricket Green pupils on song for the 2016 New Year’s Day parade

Six pupils from Cricket Green Special School have recorded the theme music for Merton’s New Year’s Parade entry next month.

The song, ‘Merton’s magic carpet ride’ was performed live for the first time last week (11 Dec) at a special assembly at Cricket Green attended by the Mayor, Councillor David Chung and writer of the song, Councillor Linda Kirby. The official parade version was recorded in the schools own professional studio by Rachel Vickers and will be heard by thousands of Londoners at the parade.

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Mayor David Chung with pupils and staff from Cricket Green School

Merton boasts a strong record in the London New Year’s Day Parade with the council winning the competition four times and twice being runner up.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Chung, said: “It was a privilege to be invited to the Cricket Green  School assembly and witness all the fantastic work the children and teachers are doing there. We have a great song for this year’s parade and I can’t wait to see the reaction when it’s performed at this year’s parade.”

Composer of the song, Councillor Linda Kirby, said: “Writing the song was one thing, but the way the children sang it was a joy to behold, I couldn’t have asked for more. They have done tremendously well learning the lyrics and I look forward to hearing their recording at the  parade this year.”

Cricket Green Headteacher, Celia Dawson said: “We are immensely proud of all our pupils who have performed this lovely song brilliantly. It is fantastic to think we are going to be showcasing Cricket Green’s talent to the whole of London. Good luck Merton. We hope we win!”