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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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