1910 Annual Church Parade


—The annual church parade of the local friendly societies and others was held on Sunday afternoon in cool showery weather. The point of assembly was the Vestry Hall at two o’clock, and an imposing procession was arranged under the direction of Mr. Alfred Mizen, chief marshal, his assistant marshals, Messrs. A. E. Cubison and H. B. Gibb. It consisted of the two Mitcham Fire Brigades, under their chief officers, the first troop of Mitcham Scouts and the first troop of Lower Mitcham Scouts, the St. Mark’s Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade, Oddfellows, Foresters, Sons of the Phoenix, members of the London Carmen’s Trade Union, Good Templars, and the Wimbledon Municipal Employees’ Association. Music was supplied by the Mitcham Salvation Army Band and the St. Marylebone and Kilburn Prize Band, there were also two decorated cars carrying groups representing a hospital ward and “Faith, Hope, and Charity.”

The procession took the following route Mitcham park, Lower Green, Commonside-west, Spencer-road, Grove-road, Lock’s road, Carew-road, Lonsdale road, Western-road, Fountain-road, Sibthorp-road, Graham-road, Graham avenue, Figg’s marsh, Longley-road, Robinson-road, Devonshire-road, High-street, Collier’s Wood, Church-road to the Parish Church, which was reached at five o’clock.

Canon Wilson conducted the service, and gave an appropriate address, and at the end the processionists went to the cricket green and dispersed.

The collection amounted to £20 10s. which was handed over the Croydon Hospital.

Source: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000945/19100730/096/0005 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

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