Merton’s special celebrations to commemorate the Queens Golden Jubilee will be held over the weekend 12th, 13th, and 14th July.
The weekend will kick off on the Friday with the arrival in Merton of the Queens Jubilee Relay and Baton. The baton is visiting 30 Commonwealth countries and 50 boroughs in the United Kingdom, but only three London Boroughs. It will be Merton welcoming the baton into London first.
The baton will be arriving at Wimbledon Common where the Wombles will greet it. Local residents will be asked to join the celebrities who will be carrying the baton during the journey through Merton where it will visit each of the main centres. The journey will end at Morden Park, the site for the rest of the weekend’s special activities.
On Friday evening there will be a huge free concert in Morden Park. Invitations are already going out to a number of high profile artists to be part of the concert. Names will be announced as they accept the invitations.
As well as the concert there will be an International Festival of Food in the park, starting on the Friday evening and lasting the weekend. In addition to the food festival, Merton will be organising a number of special world record attempts, all relating to food, during the weekend. There will also be a fair in the park throughout the weekend and other activities are being planned.
All proceeds from the weekend will go to the Queens Golden Jubilee Mitcham Cricket Club Trust. This trust has been established to organise Merton’s major Golden Jubilee Project, fundraising to preserve the Mitcham Cricket Club by purchasing the freehold to its pavilion.
Merton Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Judge, said it had been decided to make the mid-July weekend Merton’s major Jubilee event to maximise the opportunity for local people to join in the celebrations and to allow an opportunity for Merton’s activities to get wider support.
He said: ‘The Jubilee celebrations last all year although the first weekend in June is the official Jubilee weekend. There will be many national and local celebrations happening during that weekend and during June, and we thought that to add another event to that list would just add to the confusion of what to do.
‘When Merton was offered the honour to welcome the Jubilee Baton to London we thought that gave us a unique opportunity to make that weekend a special Merton weekend. The eyes of London will be on us as the baton arrives and if we continue our celebrations through the weekend our local residents will have