Historical footage of Sutton will be beamed on to Sutton High Street on Friday to mark the start of the spectacular Art of Suburbia festival.

Highlights include footage of the 1933 Sutton Carnival, the 1955 celebration of Sutton and Cheam’s 21st year as a borough, a 1931 marriage in Belmont, a 1944 Boys’ Brigade church parade and a 1949 sports day.

The display, from 7pm to 8pm, marks the start of one of the most spectacular festivals in the borough’s history and the Sutton Guardian is proud to be the official media partner of the event.

Councillor Graham Tope said: “Watching footage of celebrations that took place nearly 80 years ago will provide a wonderful backdrop to our own celebrations.”

The festival will feature British and international street performers with world-renowned aerial artists Transe Express providing one of the festival’s highlights at 8.15pm on Friday.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “The Art of Suburbia – I can’t think of a more fitting title to encapsulate my vision for London’s Great Outdoors.

“Public places should inspire and excite people in the same way great works of art do, as well as being practical spaces to meet, relax and bring diverse communities together.

“It’s fantastic to see the people of Sutton celebrating their brighter, cleaner and greener town centre.”

Residents can take part in the festival themselves as the Nutkhat dance company are holding a Bollywood dance workshop. The workshop will provide an introduction to basic Bollywood moves, complete with costumes and traditional music.

It will take place on the High Street on Saturday from 12pm to 12.30pm at the junction with St. Nicholas Road. No booking is necessary.