Morden stepped into Christmas

Morden Town Centre’s first Christmas Party was a success

Sleigh bells were ringing at the first ever Morden Town Centre Christmas Party this month, which was arranged by Morden Town Centre Partnership, in co-operation with local businesses.

The fun packed event was an opportunity for local residents to participate in some late night shopping and enjoy some early festive cheer. Street entertainers, including a street magician and the Blues Brothers stilt-walking troupe, were a big hit with both young and old. The event also featured a grand prize draw, a children’s design a CD cover competition and carol singers from five local churches.

Santa’s Grotto, located in the market area of Abbotsbury Road, proved to be popular with local children, who received over 300 gifts. The Christmas party was jointly funded by a collection of 20 businesses and a £550 promotions grant from Merton Council’s Business and Environmental Partnerships unit.

The Christmas party was so well received that local businesses have already pledged £500 to underwrite a similar event next year. This money will be used to jointly fund publicity and entertainment. Many more businesses have pledged help ‘in kind’ with support such as gifts for the grotto.

Councillor Su Assinen, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “I am delighted that Morden Town Centre’s first Christmas Party was such a great success. Events such as this help to produce a community feeling which is welcomed by residents and local businesses alike.”