Heavy rain did not put off hundreds of Mitcham Carnival-goers

Heavy rain did not put off hundreds of carnival-goers who packed into Mitcham to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday at the weekend.

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From left: Councillor John Dehaney, the Mayor of Merton Councillor Brenda Fraser,  Councillor Marsie Skeete and the Mayor’s consort, Lloyd Fraser. (Picture: Councillor Edith Macauley)

A conga line snaked its way through Three Kings Piece in Commonside West, Mitcham, as Stavros Flatley, below, took to the stage to entertain the crowds.

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Mitcham Carnival 2016 conga

There were 100 stalls featuring local charities and businesses alongside the fun fair, Zorb Football and dog show.

The main stage featured British Empire Wrestling and Stavros Flatley, a father and son duo who danced their way to the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2009 with their Greek/Irish dance style.

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Sports Blast, an initiative that looks to promote healthy living for young people in the borough by providing sports opportunities, offered children the chance to play football, netball, BMX and other sports throughout the day.

The popular carnival was held on Saturday, June 11, at Three Kings Piece in Commonside West, Mitcham, between 12 noon and 5pm.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Brenda Fraser said: “It was another fantastic year at the carnival and I was very happy to see so many people enjoying the day despite the rain.”

Cabinet member for community and culture, Nick Draper, said: “It was great that residents came to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday at the Carnival, as they did throughout Merton all weekend, rain or shine.  The Carnival was great fun, happy and well attended too – I look forward to seeing all of you, and more still, next year.”

Notes to editors: Please credit photographs to Carol Fenton- Balch unless otherwise stated.

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