Local school children and dignitaries past and present came together at Merton Council’s civic centre in Morden to see the unveiling of a special Golden Jubilee logo designed by Stella Rodriquez (8 yrs) from Singlegate School.
The winning design was revealed to all just ahead of the first full council meeting of the new council year (15 April 2015). At the occasion, current Mayor, Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, celebrated the council’s 50th year with former Mayors, current and former councillors and long-serving council officers. Local school children and their parents were also there and everyone present enjoyed a performance from the young musicians of Merton Music Foundation as well as seeing Merton’s Golden Moments film depicting life in Merton over the last 50 years.
Earlier this year, pupils from Merton’s local primary schools entered the council’s competition to design a special Golden Jubilee Logo for the council’s 50th year. Each pupil who entered the competition was awarded a certificate, with a special one going to the winner.
Merton Council will be celebrating 50 years of the London Borough of Merton from now until the end of 2015. The council is encouraging residents and businesses to join in the celebrations by organising their own events and to add them to the calendar of events on the council’s website.
Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina said: “It was wonderful to see older and younger Merton generations come together at this special event. I was especially delighted to be part of the celebrations given that I am Merton’s 50th Mayor too. I am proud of Merton as a place where there is so much talent and enterprise, some of which we saw this evening. The Golden Jubilee is an important milestone in London’s local government and I know there will be many great events over the coming months to celebrate this. I look forward to seeing the council and borough going from strength to strength over the next 50 years.”
Merton Council chief executive Ged Curran said: “Fifty years of the London Borough of Merton is something well worth celebrating. Some of the most important work we do is around helping the most vulnerable in our community as well as doing things like encouraging recycling, collecting rubbish and town centre development. Over the past 50 years there have been many changes to how local government is expected to deliver services. Over the next 50 years councils will continue to evolve as we all work to ensure we provide quality public services and good value for taxpayers. It is always a challenge, but local government has shown itself to be innovative and up for change, with Merton proving itself in the awards we have won. I am looking forward to seeing Merton going from strength to strength as we continue to serve the people of Merton and make it a place of growth and opportunity.”
Design competition winner Stella Rodriquez said: “It is so great to have my design chosen for Merton’s Golden Jubilee Year. I included all the things that are associated with Merton and it’s great to see it on the council banners.”