Line The Streets To Cheer The Queen

Details of Royal Merton visit are revealed

There will be a chance to line the streets and cheer the Queen when she visits Merton on Tuesday May 15 as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

She will be visiting St Mark's Church of England Academy in Mitcham as part of her tour of the United Kingdom, which runs until July 25.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will enjoy a 'South London Lunch' at the Academy. It will be attended by the Mayors of 13 South London boroughs along with chosen community representatives in a celebration of local achievements. A number of companies and supporters have helped Merton council and the Academy 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."

If you want to greet the Queen's arrival and departure, you should join those lining the streets of Cedars Avenue and Tamworth Lane in Mitcham between 11.30am-12pm and 1.30pm-2pm.

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."

  • A film is being made of the Queen's visit and what it means to the people of Merton, and the council wants residents to take part. Use your camera or mobile to video yourself, family or friends talking about their feelings on the big day. Talk about 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 video clips of you taking part on the day, and of the Queen herself in Merton. Go to and post your video as a response to ours. Or you upload your video to YouTube and send us the link. Otherwise you can email your video to The final film will be shown at the Wimbledon Odeon in the autumn.

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May 4, 2012