People in Sutton pay their respects in huge ceremony at Carshalton Ponds to remember those who died in the First World War

There was a huge turnout with people from every generation joining to remember those who fell

There was a huge turnout with people from every generation joining to remember those who fell

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Hundreds of people lined the banks of the Carshalton Ponds Memorial Gardens yesterday, to pay their respects to those who fell in the First World War.

Towards the end of the service attendants were handed poppies to float on the surface of the water.

Sutton Guardian:

The poppies were dropped onto the water shortly after 5pm

The service began at 4pm and began by remembering those who fell in the Second World War- with the unveiling of a new memorial at the beginning of the ceremony.

The First World War commemorations started with a rendition from the Sutton Chorale Choir of the wartime song There’s a Long Long Trail A Winding.

Later the Sutton mayor Councillor Arthur Hookway made a speech, before joining council leader Councillor Ruth Dombey in laying a wreath.

Sutton Guardian:

Sutton mayor Coun Arthur Hookway

People from all over Sutton joined the event, which took place the day before the 100th anniversary of Britain joining the war.

It came to a close around 6:30pm after refreshments and music from a pianist and string quartet.

The ceremony was organised by Sutton Council as part of their four-year remembrance programme, and was one of a range of commemorative events over the weekend.

The Honeywood Museum in Carshalton hosted an exhibition telling the story of how Britain came to join the war, and at Whitehall in Cheam the public were invited to learn about the town’s links to the conflict.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Britain’s involvement in the war, with further events scheduled to remember those who fell.

A vigil service will take place in St Dunstan’s Church, Cheam, and a drumhead service is being held from 9pm at Belmont War Memorial.

Sutton Guardian:

Wreaths were laid during the service

The nationwide Lights Out Campaign, where people are asked to turn off their lights to remember those who died, comes into an effect from 10pm-11pm.

For a full list of events visit our listings here.

What will you be doing to commemorate the war? Do you know any unusual stories about Sutton in 1914? Were any of your ancestors involved in the conflict? Let us know by calling 0208 722 6358, or emailing tom.gillespie@london.newsquest.co.uk

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6:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Binsanity says...

Organised by Sutton Council says it all, those that were also present will know what I mean. Great event marred by an inept council. Couldn't even be bothered to clean the pond and remove discarded floating dog poo bags and associated rubbish. Councillors courting cameras, so sad.
Organised by Sutton Council says it all, those that were also present will know what I mean. Great event marred by an inept council. Couldn't even be bothered to clean the pond and remove discarded floating dog poo bags and associated rubbish. Councillors courting cameras, so sad. Binsanity
  • Score: -17

8:48am Tue 5 Aug 14

David7 says...

Binsanity wrote:
Organised by Sutton Council says it all, those that were also present will know what I mean. Great event marred by an inept council. Couldn't even be bothered to clean the pond and remove discarded floating dog poo bags and associated rubbish. Councillors courting cameras, so sad.
For goodness sake, show a tiny bit of dignity.

By all means criticise the council when it strays – and it did IMO cynically delay the memorial refurbishment till just before the local elections – but the event itself was in no way party political.

Is trashing the memory of the dead your new UKIP policy?
[quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: Organised by Sutton Council says it all, those that were also present will know what I mean. Great event marred by an inept council. Couldn't even be bothered to clean the pond and remove discarded floating dog poo bags and associated rubbish. Councillors courting cameras, so sad.[/p][/quote]For goodness sake, show a tiny bit of dignity. By all means criticise the council when it strays – and it did IMO cynically delay the memorial refurbishment till just before the local elections – but the event itself was in no way party political. Is trashing the memory of the dead your new UKIP policy? David7
  • Score: 11

10:33am Tue 5 Aug 14

Binsanity says...

David7 wrote:
Binsanity wrote:
Organised by Sutton Council says it all, those that were also present will know what I mean. Great event marred by an inept council. Couldn't even be bothered to clean the pond and remove discarded floating dog poo bags and associated rubbish. Councillors courting cameras, so sad.
For goodness sake, show a tiny bit of dignity.

By all means criticise the council when it strays – and it did IMO cynically delay the memorial refurbishment till just before the local elections – but the event itself was in no way party political.

Is trashing the memory of the dead your new UKIP policy?
I did indeed criticise the council and the way the event was organised. Quite where you imagine I am trashing the memory of the dead and having no dignity in my criticism of the council is something only you seem to know. The lack of any sound during the event, the area strewn with rubbish, people barging through the crowd with no care for the event.. These things are disrepectful to their memory.
[quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Binsanity[/bold] wrote: Organised by Sutton Council says it all, those that were also present will know what I mean. Great event marred by an inept council. Couldn't even be bothered to clean the pond and remove discarded floating dog poo bags and associated rubbish. Councillors courting cameras, so sad.[/p][/quote]For goodness sake, show a tiny bit of dignity. By all means criticise the council when it strays – and it did IMO cynically delay the memorial refurbishment till just before the local elections – but the event itself was in no way party political. Is trashing the memory of the dead your new UKIP policy?[/p][/quote]I did indeed criticise the council and the way the event was organised. Quite where you imagine I am trashing the memory of the dead and having no dignity in my criticism of the council is something only you seem to know. The lack of any sound during the event, the area strewn with rubbish, people barging through the crowd with no care for the event.. These things are disrepectful to their memory. Binsanity
  • Score: -10

11:37am Tue 5 Aug 14

David7 says...

If you really think any of those people turned up for the hell of it, you’re sadly mistaken.

There’s a time and a place for political criticism, and this isn’t it. That’s why your comments are undignified.
If you really think any of those people turned up for the hell of it, you’re sadly mistaken. There’s a time and a place for political criticism, and this isn’t it. That’s why your comments are undignified. David7
  • Score: 10

4:55pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Binsanity says...

David7.
I accept the political snipe was not neccessary and why you would view it as being undignified, for this I apologise.
Please understand that my wife and I attended on behalf of our own family members who were in the armed forces at home and abroad and to remember those who laid down so much.
Our annoyance was not being able to hear anything although we were resonabley close to proceedings. People who had no interest in the event barging through the crowd in quite an agressive fashion with cycles and buggies. And of course the sea of poppies sadly floating around a very unclean pond.
We are so annoyed that this could and should have being an amazing and memorable happening for all ages to cherish.
David7. I accept the political snipe was not neccessary and why you would view it as being undignified, for this I apologise. Please understand that my wife and I attended on behalf of our own family members who were in the armed forces at home and abroad and to remember those who laid down so much. Our annoyance was not being able to hear anything although we were resonabley close to proceedings. People who had no interest in the event barging through the crowd in quite an agressive fashion with cycles and buggies. And of course the sea of poppies sadly floating around a very unclean pond. We are so annoyed that this could and should have being an amazing and memorable happening for all ages to cherish. Binsanity
  • Score: 2

6:15pm Tue 5 Aug 14

David7 says...

Then we can agree on that.
Then we can agree on that. David7
  • Score: 2

6:16pm Tue 5 Aug 14

David7 says...

... and good of you to clarify.
... and good of you to clarify. David7
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Binsanity says...

David7 wrote:
Then we can agree on that.
Many thanks.
[quote][p][bold]David7[/bold] wrote: Then we can agree on that.[/p][/quote]Many thanks. Binsanity
  • Score: -1

2:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

PT says...

WHERE POPPIES BLOOM
In Flanders lies scores of graves
Where poppies grow and salute the brave
Poppies with their petals red
Remind us all that blood was shed
To save us all from condemnation
To make our land a better nation
Young men and women in their prime
Gave up their lives to better mine
So when remembrance day comes around
Like poppies in their sacred ground
I too will salute the brave
Whose lives were lost for mine to save
And I thank the souls lost all too soon
And remember them where poppies bloom.
WHERE POPPIES BLOOM In Flanders lies scores of graves Where poppies grow and salute the brave Poppies with their petals red Remind us all that blood was shed To save us all from condemnation To make our land a better nation Young men and women in their prime Gave up their lives to better mine So when remembrance day comes around Like poppies in their sacred ground I too will salute the brave Whose lives were lost for mine to save And I thank the souls lost all too soon And remember them where poppies bloom. PT
  • Score: 2

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