The Mayor of Redbridge and a team of performers paraded through the streets of London alongside thousands of celebrator to “welcome the world” on New Year’s Day, winning the third prize of £8,000. The money won be donated to children’s disability charity ELHAP, based in Woodford Green.
Mayor Debbie Kaur-Thiara and her multi-cultural troupe at London New Year’s Day parade competition for floats and performers, decorated with photos of well-known celebrities who have lived or worked in Redbridge - from Winston Churchill to Sylvia Pankhurst.
Cllr Kaur-Thiara told the Ilford Recorder, “I am grateful to the talented team of adults and young people who put the float together and who danced and showed great athleticism throughout the parade.
“As our float came into view, the steel band set the crowds dancing, swaying and singing - they were a great tonic on a cold day.
Performers included the Black Ice Group from Woodford and Sakthi Fine Arts and the Nostalgia Steel Band.