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.

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.