Parade Success Celebrated

Mary Poppins floated down to Westminster this week with a huge cheque for the Lord Mayor’s charities.

The fabulous entry to London’s New Year’s Day Parade, based on the film classic, won first prize in the borough competition capturing a colossal £10,000 in the process.

LNYDP Executive Director Bob Bone presented the cheque to Lord Mayor Councillor Steve Summers at a special reception in Westminster City Hall attended by participants and parade officials.

He said: ”This year’s parade was in many people’s opinion the best in our 31 year history – and Westminster won with aplomb with a truly terrific entry.

“It was obvious to one and all – and the judges – just how much effort had gone in to making it great.”

On receiving the funds Councillor Summers said: “January 1st was a great day – that has now raised a great deal of money for two terrific causes.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone that participated – and helped make this happen. London’s New Year’s Day Parade is one of the highlights of the year – seen by tens of millions of people around the World – and Westminster was looking its very best.”

The parade entry featured councillor Robert Davis DL as Mary Poppins, numerous councillors in the guise of various characters from the Sixties film – and dozens of youngsters from the Sylvia Young Theatre School

The prize funds will be split equally between Greenhouse Sports and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.