Mitcham Carnival has been cancelled following safety concerns due to the pandemic.

The carnival which is held annually, is a big hit with Merton residents and organisations who wait all year round for the day packed with activities.

The mass event which was meant to take place on June 13, at Three Kings Piece near Mitcham Common, has been postponed until 2021. 

Each year, hundreds of residents are seen attending the fair to watch performances, football teams and competitions, as well as, enjoy the array of fair rides and food stalls the fair has to offer.

Dating back to 1935, the carnival showground originally took place at Mitcham Stadium off Sandy Lane.

In the years before the advent of the NHS, people were required to pay for healthcare, unless supported by philanthropic organisations and charities.

The carnival initially started to raise funds to support Wilson Hospital.

Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: "Mitcham Carnival has been a firm and popular fixture in our events calendar for many years and we are extremely disappointed to have to cancel this year's show.

"But the health of the visiting public, stallholders and volunteers is our top priority.

"I would like to thank everyone associated with the event for their continued support and look forward to announcing our plans for 2021."

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