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Sutton wins award in New Year's Day Parade 06.01.11

Sutton has bagged a £1000 prize for its float in the biggest New Year's Day Parade yet.


Over 500,000 people packed the parade route, which took in some of London's most famous landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and Nelson's Column.  Millions of international viewers watched the 8,500 performers, as the parade was shown on over 200 TV stations worldwide.

All 32 London boroughs were invited to enter a float in the 'Let's Help London Challenge', a yearly contest at the heart of the parade - with the winners dividing a charity prize pot between their chosen causes.  This year Sutton was placed 12th.

The money will go to the Sutton Carers' Centre and the Hafez Persian Language School in Sutton who worked together to create the prize-winning float, based around the popular tale 'Aladdin'.

Cllr Simon Wales, Executive Member for Communities, Transport and the Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council, said; "It's brilliant news that Sutton has won £1,000 to help support some of its most selfless residents, so congratulations to everyone who helped make it happen.

"The Sutton Carers' Centre does vital work to help make things easier for people of all ages who give up their time to care for others, sometimes in very difficult circumstances.

"As well as providing a great afternoon of fun, free entertainment for families across London, the New Year's Day Parade helps charities from all corners of the capital.  If you missed it this year, then be sure to keep an eye out for next year's festivities."

The parade, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, took place on 1 January.  As well as floats entered by London boroughs, thousands of international performers and stars from London's Theatreland, the parade was headed by standard bearers from The Royal British Legion in a tribute to Britain's troops.

Last updated: Thursday, 20 January 2011

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