PA­RADE HIT: Bor­ough wins top award at New Year’s Day event

Bor­ough wins best dis­play at the 2016 event af­ter two close calls

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­

HILLING­DON’S peo­ple sang, danced and grooved their way to vic­tory as the bor­ough was crowned the best at this year’s New Year’s Day Pa­rade in Lon­don.

A 40-strong cast from Ruislip Manor’s JAM2000 Per­form­ing Arts & Agency had the crowds danc­ing in the streets with their Dis­ney-in­spired cos­tumes, rou­tines and float, de­pict­ing the theme ‘30 Mag­i­cal Years of the Lon­don New Year’s Day Pa­rade’.

It was third time lucky for Hilling­don and JAM2000 di­rec­tor Judy McPhee and her team, hav­ing been run­ners up in 2014 and third last year.

Ms McPhee and her cast, aged five to 50-plus, tri­umphed over 15 ri­val bor­oughs this year and scooped £10,000 for the Mayor of Hilling­don’s Char­ity Ap­peal.

Ms McPhee said: “We were in it to win it and we won it! It was a real team ef­fort in­volv­ing so many peo­ple be­hind the scenes, as well as JAM2000’s won­der­ful per­form­ers.

“It was a lot of hard work but well worth ev­ery minute to come first and win so much money for lo­cal char­ity. I am very proud of what we achieved.”

The bor­ough’s en­try, ‘Dreams Can Come True in Hilling­don’, fea­tured nearly ev­ery Dis­ney char­ac­ter from Mickey Mouse to Olaf from Frozen and Aerial the Lit­tle Mer­maid.

The float went in front of the JAM2000 cast, who sang and danced for two hours along the pa­rade route, with Cruella Deville wav­ing to the crowd from a Mini car, themed around 101 Dal­ma­tians, bring­ing up the rear.

The JAM2000 per­form­ers were among 8,500 par­tic­i­pants from across the world, in­clud­ing 20 march­ing bands from the USA and 1,000 cheer­lead­ers.

The pa­rade from Green Park to Par­lia­ment Square was watched by 50,000 spec­ta­tors along the route and beamed live to a world­wide tele­vi­sion au­di­ence of some 300 mil­lion.

A Frozen-themed float was es­pe­cially hand-built for Hilling­don by Judy’s hus­band, Gor­don McPhee, from ma­te­ri­als do­nated by Redrow Homes, Tay­lor Wim­pey, Red­ding­tons Ltd, O’Hal­lo­ran & O’Brien Ltd and Modebest Builders Ltd.

Smart Re­movals also al­lowed Hilling­don to bor­row a lorry for the oc­ca­sion.

n SPOT­TED: (Clock­wise from above) Dis­ney char­ac­ters Cruella Deville, Ge­nie and Scar and Mickey Mouse were part of the pa­rade

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