|Borough's New Year's Day Parade Float is a Prizewinner|
H&F entry wins £4,000 for mayoral charity Walking With The Wounded
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has entered a float in London’s world famous New Year’s Day parade - and has won our borough fourth place in the Let's Help London Challenge.
19 London boroughs competed in the challenge, with an array of entries that reflected the event’s twin themes of The Olympic Games and Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Hammersmith and Fulham float celebrated Walking With The Wounded’s forthcoming attempt on Mount Everest, and won £4,000 for Walking With The Wounded, which is current Mayor, Cllr Frances Stainton's chosen mayoral charity.
The result was nail bitingly close with the international panel of judges separating the top twelve entries by just 30 points. H& F's entry came in just behind joint winners Merton and the City of Westminster and runners up Brent.
The float, the borough's first in years, featured the Mayor, Cllr Frances Stainton with her mayoress and consorts, curator of the Buckingham Palace 2012 summer exhibition: 'Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration', and Olympic gold medal winning rower, Ben Hunt-Davis, who is an ambassador for next year’s games.
Mani is a member of the charity’s 2012 Everest expedition team that is attempting to get four wounded servicemen at the top of the tallest mountain in the world. He is bringing to life Walking with the Wounded’s logo of a fearless soldier as he will be wearing arctic clothing while pulling a Scandinavian sled, called a pulk.
Other nods to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the float included a life-size picture of the Queen, donated by the Royal Collection, and a rhino made of grass that echoes the moment Her Majesty became Queen, while on safari in Africa.
The borough’s most famous link to the Olympics is that it hosted the first modern day Olympics, as we know it, in White City in 1908. This was reflected in the costumes and colours worn by the children from the circus wearing, along with some circus rings, to symbolise the Olympic rings.
The council adds that the H&F float was created at no cost to the taxpayer, thanks to artificial grass company Easigrass’s sponsorship of the float, and their loan of a grass rhino and a horse, to depict equestrian sports, favoured by the Queen.
January 4, 2012