Queen’s Golden Jubilee in Merton

Merton has a special part to play in celebrations

Merton Council has announced a number of events that will be held in Merton during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee next year.

Making the announcement the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Stuart Pickover, said considerable thought had gone into the initial programme but added that it was likely to be developed as the year went on.

The Mayor said: “We wanted to have something for Merton that would give a lasting memorial to Her Majesty as she celebrated 50 years on the Throne.

“We thought about a statue, about a picture and a special garden but in the end decided on something totally different.

“Mitcham Cricket Green is one of the oldest in the world, with cricket played on the green for over 400 years.

“In recent years the Mitcham Cricket Club – the first MCC – has fallen on hard times and it needs a cash injection so that it can purchase its own pavilion to ensure its survival, for future generations of local cricketers, young and old.

“We therefore decided to name the Mitcham Cricket Club as Merton’s Golden Jubilee Project and throughout the year we will be organising a number of events to raise a significant sum and to create a Trust to buy or build a pavilion for the Club.

“This will preserve an important part of Merton’s heritage and give a boost to England’s major summer sport.”

The Council has also purchased 100 specially minted Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medals with a portrait of the Queen on one side and a Merton Coat of Arms on the reverse.

These will be presented to 100 local residents, after nominations from fellow residents. Full details of this will be announced later.

A big weekend in Merton will be 12,13,14 July. On Friday 12th, the Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay will arrive in London and hit Merton. The Relay carrying the Baton to open the Commonwealth Games in Manchester will visit 30 Commonwealth countries, 50 towns in the UK and just three London Boroughs – and Merton is the first of them.

On the night the relay arrives, there will be a big open air concert and the fun will continue throughout the weekend with special events, concerts and a fair.

All of Merton’s public gardens have been specially planted out and next year will feature gold and yellow flowers. The Council will also assist street party arrangements by organising the necessary street closures free of charge.

The Mayor is also planning a major multi-faith outdoor church service. The date for this has