Malden Fortnight to take on carnival theme for World Cup year

This year all things carnival will take centre stage

This year all things carnival will take centre stage

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Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

This year’s Malden Fortnight will feature samba beats with capoeira dancers and Brazilian World Cup spirit.

The organisers of the Malden Fortnight have chosen a carnival theme with yellow and green hues to brighten the event now in its 25th year.

Surrey Comet:

Tony Gooding, a member of the organising committee, said: "We wanted to bring the buzz from the football to the parade. We could see all these kids wearing their football tops in the parade.

"Country life was the theme last year, the year before was sport. We always try to tap into something topical. This year we are hoping to get that carnival atmosphere."

Last year's parade had a country life theme 

Musicians and decorated lorries evoking Rio de Janeiro will make their way from Christ Church car park through to New Malden High Street and back from 2pm on July 5 for the grand parade.

Other highlights from the fortnight include a camera club exhibition, a horticultural summer show and a dog show, which was cancelled last year after the blistering heat made it unsafe.

This year it will have a My Dog’s Got Talent competition as well as the usual fancy dress, waggiest tale and dog most like its owner contests.

Mr Gooding said his personal favourite was the Big Band night.

He said: "It’s like you turn back the clock and people my age love it. They turn up in their hundreds."

The newly formed Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society will put on heritage walks for history buffs including, the arrival of the railway and the onset of the blitz.

Society member Julian McCarthy will hold a talk in memory of historian and ex-serviceman Tom Kelley.

He said: "If he was alive and healthy he would have carried on doing it. I want to carry on in his footsteps."

Surrey Comet:

Winners: Mark Thomas and pug Ollie picked up the most like owner gong in 2012 

Surrey Comet:

War veteran and historian Tom Kelley will be remembered 

HIGHLIGHTS:

Saturday, July 5

- Malden Mile Fun Run at Beverley Park at 9am

- Market on the Square in St George's Square

- Grand parade in New Malden High Street from 2pm

- Horticultural Summer Show with stunning flowers on display at the Malden Centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm with free admission

- Scout Cream Tea afternoon at First Malden's Scout headquarters in Tadworth Avenue from 2.30pm to 5pm and also cream teas available at the United Reform Church from 3pm

- West Barnes Singer Show at the New Malden Methodist Church from 7.30pm

 

Sunday, July 6

- Funday Sunday

 

Wednesday, July 9

- Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance by the Malden Community Choir from 7pm at the New Malden Methodist Church

 

Friday, July 11

- Camera Club exhibition in its 59th year will run for two days at the New Malden Methodist Church

 

Saturday, July 12

- Craft fair along the High Street from 9am to 4pm

- Day of performance where the borough's most talented will perform in St George's Square from 11am

 

Sunday, July 13

- Heritage Walks will start at 11.30am and 2.30pm free of charge but register online

- Dog Show in Blagdon Park from 1pm

- Christ Church Garden Party

- Beverley Allotments open day from 2pm to 5pm

 

Thursday, July 17

-Tom Kelley memorial slide show

 

Saturday, July 19

- Big band night at New Malden Methodist Church from 8pm

 

Sunday, July 20

- Sports club open day at New Malden Tennis Squash and Badminton Club from 10am to 4pm

- Heritage Walks will start at 11.30am and 2.30pm free of charge but register online

 

For more information visit maldenfortnight.com

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