The Friends of Dorking are a voluntary group of local businesses, retailers and community members who work with Dorking Economic Development Team, Mole Valley District Council, The Chamber of Commerce and other local business and community groups. They organise the lights and raise the considerable sum required each year to make the town sparkle over Christmas. In 2013, for the first time, we also raised money for hanging baskets of flowers over the Summer. The Friends are proud of their town and their desire is to do what they can to make sure it looks at its best for the benefit of all.
The Friends of Dorking is a community company limited by guarantee. The Friends of Dorking have a working group who meet regularly.
Dorkers, the Friends of Dorking mascot, has the key role of making people happy. He has lived in Dorking since he hatched from an egg. He comes from an old Dorking family, his ancestors came over with the Romans and were much loved by Queen Victoria. He was originally shy, but was enticed out of his farmyard for the 2012 Road Race Flash Mob Carnival, impressing all with his considerable strutting skills. He was named Dorkers by the children of Dorking in a competition. He loves to be seen around the streets of Dorking as often as he can. In recent years, he has developed his artistic skills, and his work could be seen on the development hoardings during the recent redevelopment of Waitrose in South Street. Dorkers recently enticed families from as far away as Yorkshire, to take part in his annual Easter Egg Hunt around the town and he is currently working on further projects for the Dorking Community.