Love is in the air of Morden and romantic residents are already gearing up for February 14.
And, determined not to be outdone, Merton Council, Safer Merton and local businesses are also doing their bit to celebrate Valentine’s Day and show their love for the borough.
Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the Reassurance Bus will be stationed outside the Civic Centre throughout the day. Neighbourhood wardens will be on hand to give advice on ways to cut crime and marking up individuals’ property, and fire officers will be telling people how they can get a free smoke alarm.
Inside Morden tube station Merton Council staff will be handing out recycling bags and information on road safety during the day but once the sun goes down Crown Lane studios and the Colliers Wood Chorus will be serenading commuters travelling home after a hard day’s work.
Morden library is planning to have a special display of romantic books and DVDs on the big day and inside the Civic Centre there will be plenty of information for those who want to take better care of their hearts – and quit smoking.
Loving businesses are also doing their bit to woo residents. Sainsbury’s, Wiltshire Bakers and Sonya’s Newsagents will be giving away romantic sweets and chocolates while Tariro will be serving heart-warming Valentine coffee and Rosey Lee Café is cooking up a special February 14 All Day Breakfast. The Tandoori Mahal and Ganleys Irish bar are also dishing up romantic menus and the Merton Guild will be organising some Cupid-inspired Line Dancing between 10am and 12 noon, with tea and coffee available for a small donation.
Boots is even providing perfume samples for those who want to smell especially sweet and Goodfellows estate agents will be handing out goody bags to children – after all why should they miss out on the fun?
Councillor Diane Neil Mills, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said: “Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to put a little romance into our lives and local businesses, along with the council and Safer Merton, have certainly helped provide some fun and novel ideas this year.
“There are lots of events planned for February 14 in Morden, and right across the borough, and I hope that everyone who can turns out to enjoy them. At the same time, you will be supporting the local businesses which play such an important role in creating sustainable communities.”