London students won a mayoral seal of approval when they created scale models of the capital’s landmarks for a float.

Carpentry, painting and decorating students from Barking & Dagenham College made replicas of the Shard, the Gherkin, Tower Bridge, the Millennium Wheel and Tower 42 at Canary Wharf for London’s New Year’s Day parade.

Anthony Ramsay, the borough mayor, and Jeanne Alexander, mayoress, gave the students just 10 days’ notice before they popped into the college to look over the iconic creations.

“The mayor inspected the models and expressed his gratitude and said that the students’ work was to ‘a very high standard’,” said Tony Carruthers, the college’s curriculum manager for building crafts.

“They have done a great job and we are very proud of what they have achieved.”

Each building was completed to scale with each other, ranging from 7ft for the Shard to 3ft for Tower Bridge. The carpentry students also made a telephone box and postbox as well as giant gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals in wood.

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