Borough to create Mary Poppins themed float for New Year’s Day Parade

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 November 2016

The Mayor of Havering Phillipa Crowder enjoys the rehearsals of the Storeroom Youth Theatre who are preparing for the New Year Parade

The Mayor of Havering Phillipa Crowder enjoys the rehearsals of the Storeroom Youth Theatre who are preparing for the New Year Parade


Hoping to make the day practically perfect in every way, Havering’s mayor and her team of volunteers have chosen the movie Mary Poppins as the theme for the borough’s float in the London New Year’s Day Parade.

From dancing chimney sweeps to a nanny with a bottomless handbag, those with a love of the hit Disney film, will be able to enjoy the float as it makes its way through London on January 1.

The parade, which will be titled Lights, Camera, Action, has partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI) to celebrate the magic of movies.

If Havering’s float is declared the winner of the parade, the mayor’s appeal will receive a staggering £10,000.

Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder said: “I am so excited for the New Year’s Day Parade.

“We decided to choose Mary Poppins as our entry because it is such an iconic film, set in London and full of popular songs that everybody knows.

“I wanted to enter to showcase the talent that we have in Havering and to get as many people involved in what will

be a great community spirit event.”

A Havering Mind representative, community champion at Tesco’s Roneo Corner Lesley Davey and Tony Witteridge from Havering College of Further and Higher Education are just a few members of this year’s float committee.

Performers, including children from the Store Room Youth Theatre in Hornchurch, who are working hard at rehearsals, will be dressed in full Victorian costumes, alongside the float which is being designed and

built by students at Havering College.

In preparation for the big day, the volunteers have been learning dance routines, recording songs and even making kites to tie in with the popular Let’s Go Fly a Kite number.

The committee is also looking for businesses to sponsor the costs of the entry with £350.

In return, businesses’ logos will be included on the float.

Cllr Crowder said: “If you are looking for something to do on New Year’s Day then why not come down to London for the day and cheer us on!”

Bob Bone, executive director

of the parade, said: “London is well and truly ready for its close-up.

“This is a very fitting collaboration – the world’s biggest parade partnered with the most prestigious champion of British film. We are delighted to welcome them aboard.”

The parade will showcase

films of London from over a century, featuring archive

footage from the BFI National Archive.

More than 8,000 performers from across the globe are due to take part in the three-and-a-half hour event.

To sponsor Havering’s float, email the mayor at

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