Ilford mammoth stars in New Year’s Day Parade in London

PUBLISHED: 15:38 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 02 January 2018

Redbridge Drama Centre took part in the New Year's Day Parade in central London. Picture: Redbridge Council

Redbridge Drama Centre took part in the New Year's Day Parade in central London. Picture: Redbridge Council


Redbridge took part in the massive New Year’s Day Parade in London with a performance inspired by the discovery of the mammoth skull in Ilford in 1864.

The performance was entitled the Redbridge Mammoth Circus and involved members of the Redbridge Drama Centre dancing along the route.

The day raised £1,000 for the mayor’s chosen charities – Haven House and Saint Francis hospices.

Mayor Linda Huggett said: “I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the New Year’s Day Parade. Everyone worked so hard in our ‘mammoth entry’ to make it the success it was.

“I thoroughly enjoyed taking part and it was a great experience not to be missed.”

She added: “It was also a great opportunity for the Redbridge Drama Centre to showcase the wonderful talented performers that took part. They are a pride to our borough.

“If you do your best you are the best and that was what the Redbridge team was yesterday.”

More than 8,000 performers took part in the event, representing not just London boroughs but other countries. The overall theme was circus and showtime.

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