Queen’s Theatre’s New Year’s Day to remember

The Queen’s Theatre’s Community Company made a song and dance on New Year’s Day, showing London - and the world - just what’s great about Havering.

The troupe took part in The Lord Mayor of London’s New Year Day Parade, which saw more than 20,000 participants - representing the London boroughs, business and organisations - pass through the streets of the capital.

More than 50 members of the Queen’s company were led by education manager Patrick O’Sullivan in a specially written song in celebration of the theatre’s 60th anniversary this year.

The 32 London boroughs competed for a cash prize for the best entrant and the Queen’s came in the top ten, winning a prize for the theatre’s charity.

Leading the charge was Havering’s Mayor, Cllr Lynden Thorpe and husband David, who insisted in walking the route with the players.


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The group were dressed as pantomime characters from Jack and the Beanstalk, currently runnning at the Billet Lane theatre.

They were accompanied by a huge mobile model of the giant, designed by 10-year-old Megan Daize from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, in Hornchurch, and built by the theatre workshops.

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