UNITED KINGDOM, September 3, 2012 (surreycomet.co.uk): Thousands gathered to watch a Hindu chariot procession pass through the streets of New Malden last weekend. The 8th annual Murugan community chariot festival took place of Sunday, September 2, in Burlington Road organized by the New Malden Murugan Temple.
Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, attended the festival which he has supported for a number of years. He said: “It embodies the best of that community. “It’s a great spectacle and it was great to see so many people coming out of their houses to watch it as it went round. “It’s a really good multi cultural event.”
Stephen Alambritis, leader of Merton Council, said: “We work with the community to put it together with the local police and residents. “It’s a very gracious and generous event and contributes to community cohesion and a sense of wellbeing and happiness in the borough.