A royal lunch in Merton

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will visit St Mark’s Church of England Academy for lunch as part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour on Tuesday 15 May.

The South London Lunch, organised by Merton Council and St Mark’s Academy, will be attended by the Mayors of thirteen boroughs in south London along with chosen community representatives in a celebration of local achievements. A number of companies and supporters have helped to put the event together.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender said: “We are both honoured and privileged that the Queen has chosen to visit Merton in her special year of celebration. We are sure that the people of Merton will all turn out to line the streets to share in this momentous occasion.”

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “This will be an amazing opportunity for Merton residents to welcome the Queen as she comes into the borough. We have been working closely with our colleagues and partners to ensure that the event celebrates the best of British and welcoming community achievers from across thirteen south London boroughs.”

St Mark’s Academy Principal, Christopher Mallaband said: “St Mark’s Academy is delighted to be working with Merton Council to deliver the South London Lunch. The event gives the students of the academy a once in a lifetime chance to see and perhaps meet the Queen. The school is proud to have been selected by Merton Council to carry out this honour.”


Notes to editor

Merton is calling residents to line the streets of Cedars Avenue and Tamworth Lane to greet the Queen’s arrival at St Mark’s Academy between 11.30 – 12pm and 1.30 – 2pm.

A film is being made of the Queen’s visit and what it means to the people of Merton, and we would love residents to take part. Use your camera or mobile to video yourself, family or friends talking about their feelings on the big day. Tell us how the visit will affect you and your community, your memories of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, or just what the Queen means to you. You can also send us video clips of you taking part on the day, and of the Queen herself in Merton. We can’t promise to use everything we get, but we are keen to use as much as we can. There are three ways you can send us your contribution. You can go to http://www.youtube.com/QueenVisitsMerton and post your video as a response to ours. Or you can upload your video to YouTube and send us the link. Otherwise you can email your video to QueenVisitsMerton@mossie.com. However you do it, make your mark in the history of Merton and help to capture this special day. The final film will be shown at the Wimbledon Odeon in the autumn.

For more information visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/diamond-jubilee