Vote for your favourite Merton landmark

Voting is now open for the “Landmark London” 2012 pin badge competition. There are four Merton landmarks to choose from to appear as an illustration on one of a set of 33 London 2012 pin badges.

Merton Council has teamed up with the London 2012 Organising Committee to offer residents the opportunity to vote for their favourite local landmark to be featured in the set.

The deadline for voting is midnight on Sunday 18 October 2009. Residents can also log onto http://www.merton.gov.uk/landmark to check out the landmarks before voting. Each person is allowed one vote.

Top borough landmarks Merton Abbey Mills, Wimbledon Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon Common Windmill and Mitcham Clock Tower are all up for nomination.

The results of the vote will be announced at the end of October this year with the celebratory set of 33 pin badges expected to go on sale next year. Honav UK, the London 2012 pin badge licensee, has pledged to create over 2,012 individual pins to celebrate the best of life in the capital and the UK. My Merton will publish news of the winning landmark later this year.

Over the summer London marked three years to go until the start of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Every London borough is playing an important role in making the London Games a success.

Commenting on the competition, Councillor David Simpson, cabinet member for environment and leisure services said: ‘We are calling on all residents to get involved and make their votes count. We want as many people as possible to vote for their favourite landmark, so that residents can benefit from this amazing opportunity. We should all take pride in Merton. Anyone can vote so get all your friends and family to support this campaign and make your favourite landmark count.’

Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said: “Pin badges are a popular part of the heritage of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement with each Organising Committee producing a range of these collectors’ items.

“Inviting Londoners to create the ‘Landmark London’ set is one of many ways people will be able to get involved in the London 2012 merchandise programme. I encourage residents of Merton to cast their vote for their favourite borough landmark.”

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Notes to editors

Merton Abbey Mills
This craft village on the river Wandle is housed in the former Liberty silk- printing works, by the restored waterwheel. Pretty shops, a riverside pub, teahouse and pizza restaurant are threaded throughout the craft village.

Centre Court, AELTC
Centre Court has seen a number of changes since its first match in 1877. Now with a fully retractable roof, its iconic image is recognisable the world over.

Wimbledon Common Windmill
Wimbledon windmill is a very unusual mill. It has a two storey octagonal brick base, which housed all the working machinery. Above this is a conical tower which housed the post supporting the cap on which the sails are mounted.

Mitcham Clock Tower
The clock tower at Fair Green was erected in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee the previous year. It originally stood on the site of the old village pump, but has since been moved. It was the centre point of Mitcham where people used to meet.