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Thursday, 5 January 2012
Brent youth win £5k in New Year parade
YOUNG people from Brent have won £5,000 thanks to their efforts in London's New Year's Day Parade.
A group of youngsters took part in the 26th New Year's Day Parade and picked up the prize in a competition held between the 19 boroughs involved called the Let's Help London Challenge.
The Brent group came third, and secured the sum for two organisations, Brent Mind and the Central Mosque of Brent.
More than half a million spectators lined the 2.2 mile route from Piccadilly to Parliament on January 1 to watch more than 8,500 performers, musicians, clowns and floats including marching bands, cheerleaders and dancers representing 20 countries worldwide.
A spokesman for Brent Council said: "This year, entries reflected the event's twin themes of The Olympic Games and Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.Brent's entry also focused on themes such as cultural diversity, unity and youth.
"Decorated in Union Flag colours the arch (used as part of the Brent display) symbolised unity. The creation was inspired by Wembley Stadium and constructed by Brent youth volunteers."
Young dancers from Brent Youth Volunteers and Willesden Green Mosque wore costumes created by Harlesden-based carnival costume maker Mahogany, symbolising the five Olympic rings. They were accompanied by an 18-strong army of Dhol drummers from Alperton Community School
The Mayor of Brent, Councillor Aslam Choudry, said: "I am really proud of our young people who have worked really hard to win this money for charity.
"They are an inspiration and prove how a mixture of creativity, culture and commitment can produce real results."