Diamond Jubilee events bring community together

Thousands of people in Merton showed their support for events this past weekend celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Mitcham Carnival took place at the Three Kings Piece on Saturday with 8,000 people attending to see some of the many performances on show including jousting stunt team, the Knights of the Damned.

On Sunday a Diamond Jubilee Service at St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon was led by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams. The event was attended by the Queen’s representative in Merton, The Rt Hon Sir John Wheeler JP DL, Merton councillors and many community groups and organisations, underlining the theme of ‘Service to the Community’.

Merton’s Diamond Jubilee Beacon event on Monday saw a thousand people turn up at Morden Park to see the Beacon lit by the Mayor. Merton’s Beacon was one of 4,000 being lit across the country to mark the special occasion. The successful event also included a fun fair and a live show by the Bikini Beach Band.

The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Bowcott also attended 28 street parties between them. A total of 67 street parties were held in the borough over the weekend, as well as many other parties that did not need a street closure.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams said: “I am very proud to have taken part in the Diamond Jubilee activities. It was great to see such a spirit of community and so many people engaged in celebrating this historic occasion.”

After a congratulatory message was sent to the Queen on behalf of the Council, the Mayor last week received a reply from Buckingham Palace, including a message from Her Majesty, wishing Merton a most memorable and enjoyable Diamond Jubilee Year.