Mayor personally thanks Barking and Dagenham College students for their giant New Year’s Day float

The mayor visited Barking and Dagenham College to present the staff and students involved in the pro

The mayor visited Barking and Dagenham College to present the staff and students involved in the production of the float with medals and certificates. Picture: Barking and Dagenham College - Credit: Archant

The mayor visited Barking and Dagenham College on Wednesday to thank students for their contribution to his New Year’s Day float.

Barking and Dagenham College students with their float for London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

Barking and Dagenham College students with their float for Londons New Years Day Parade. - Credit: Wow marketing

Students based the float, which featured in London’s New Year’s Day parade, around the theme ‘feel the magic up close’, with an elaborate depiction of a circus training coming to town.

The mayor of Barking and Dagenham, councillor Abdul Aziz, handed out medals and certificates to the creative young people who helped with the design.

The difficult design and construction of the float was a collaborative effort, with students from across the artistic spectrum chipping in. Creative arts pupils used a client brief sent by the mayor to draw, design and paint, while carpentry, painting and decorating students took over for the practical construction.

The resulting masterpiece depicted a giant red train with a series of circus tents on the back. It was part of a televised competition, in which floats were presented from London boroughs.

The mayor visited Barking and Dagenham College to present the staff and students involved in the pro

The mayor visited Barking and Dagenham College to present the staff and students involved in the production of the float with medals and certificates. Picture: Barking and Dagenham College - Credit: Archant