Action-packed Carnival planned for Mitcham

Mitcham Carnival kicks off on Saturday 15 June 2013 with plenty of activities lined up for visitors.

X Factor finalist Wagner will be performing on the main stage with other attractions on the day including BMX stunt riders Inch Perfect, cheerleaders, stilt-walkers and a fun fair. A Mitcham Little League cup final will also take place on the day.

Soldiers from the 210 Transport Squadron Royal Logistic Corps, based in Stonecot Hill Sutton, will also be at the event as well as the Mitcham Latin Band and a competition for the wackiest hair-do involving local barbershops and hairdressers.

This year’s theme, Living Mitcham, is about local people celebrating who they are and the environment they live in. A parade led by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller, will set off from Figges Marsh at 12pm and complete its journey at Three Kings Piece at 12.45pm.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller said: “This year’s carnival will live up to its great tradition of providing a fun-packed day for people of all ages. I hope the community comes along to support and take part in all the activities planned for the day.”

Cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “This year’s theme celebrates Mitcham and all the cultures that make it the exciting place it is. I’m looking forward to spending the day watching the parade and looking around all the stalls and attractions: Mitcham Carnival is Merton’s reminder that summer is here!”

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About the London Borough of Merton

An outer London borough to the south west of the capital with a population of 200,000 residents living in 80,000 households and served by 7,500 businesses. Formed in 1965, the borough’s five main town centres are Wimbledon (taking in the Village, the Broadway and South Wimbledon), Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood.

Merton is home to the world famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.

In the 13th century, the Statutes of Merton, the basis of common law in England and seen by many as the forerunner for modern parliament, were signed here. In the 19th century Merton was a place of industry where famous names such as Arthur Liberty and William Morris based their businesses on the River Wandle. The Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson also lived in Merton.