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5 Jul 2010

Tooting’s Trashcatchers Carnival a Huge Success

Here’s a press release from Transition Town Tooting about yesterday’s wonderful Trashcatchers’ Carnival….

Tooting Trashcatchers Carnival stops the traffic.

Traffic on Tooting High Street came to a stop today when the Tooting Trashcatchers Carnival came to town!   Over 800 participants from local schools, community groups and clubs took part in this unique carnival made almost entirely from household rubbish. Over 1 million plastic bottles and shopping bags, half a million crisp packets, half a ton of renewable willow and half a ton of materials were collected over a six month period to create this extravaganza.  Check out the great piece on local ITV News… and this film, filmed from the Turtle, which gives a flavour of the event…

Organisers of the carnival were jubilant that it had gone so smoothly and according to plan. Lucy Neal, Co Chair of Transition Town Tooting speaking this morning to ITV London Tonight news had this to say, “individually we may seem insignificant, but when we connect up in a community, we are very strong, we can make a huge difference. We are thrilled at how well it’s come together and amazed at the support we have received from the people of Tooting”.

One of the more amusing floats we saw today were the cycle powered living rooms transporting some of the elders of the community. Sitting comfortably on her recycled armchair, Jaya Patel, born and bred Tooting resident said “ the best bit about this carnival is that its bought the whole community together from all sections young and old from all ethnic backgrounds”.

The South London Swimming Club had a cycle-powered float with swimmers, iceberg and sea made entirely out of plastic bags and bottles. The swimmers themselves came dressed as the colourful doors of their changing rooms at the Tooting Lido.

The Lady of Tooting, a 6 metre high animatronic creation told the story of Tooting on her crinoline Victorian dress decorated with over 170 faces of the ladies of Tooting.

Antonia Field-Smith, a Tooting resident said “It was great to see Tooting High Street without traffic and to be able to walk down the road without worrying about getting run over. I loved it, what a fantastic event”.

Steven Cooper of the Metropolitan Police thought the carnival was a fantastic idea and one which he would like to see happen again next year.  The grand finale at Fishponds Playing Fields with a shared picnic followed by dancing and music performed by local school children was a fitting end to a spectacular day.  (Check out this great blog post about the day too…)

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