Somme Commemorations in Sutton, Friday 1st July

B2HVwR_IUAAvIxR.jpg-smallThis week’s post is a heads up about an exciting event happening later this week.

It comes with rather short notice, for which we apologise,  but we are thrilled to be involved in the Borough’s Somme commemorations, happening on this coming Friday, 1st July.  We do hope that some of our local followers will be able to come along.

At 8pm on Friday an act of remembrance organised by Carshalton and Wallington Royal British Legion will take place at Carshalton War Memorial. The event begins at 8pm and is open to ex-service personnel and the public. During this event the church bells at All Saints, Carshalton, will ring half muffled and these will be joined by bells from St Dunstan’s Cheam which will also ring half muffled in honour of fallen and stricken soldiers.  The bells of All Saints, Benhilton, will already have signalled this event by earlier in the week ringing their own tribute.

At 9.30pm on Friday, as darkness descends,  photographic portraits of WW1 soldiers from the Past on Glass project will be projected on to the facade of St Helier hospital in Carshalton. All these men were photographed by David Knights-Whittome in his studios in Sutton and Epsom and had either direct local connection to the area or were posted here prior to their departure to the Front.

The event will run for one hour and promises to be a spectacular occasion.  We cannot claim credit for this idea, or it’s organisation.  The event has been organised by Roger Mills of Sutton Voice, and is coordinated by Samia Tossio of SamiArt. We look forward to seeing some of the proud, brave faces from the collection, now familiar to us, commemorated as part of this anniversary event.  We really hope that if you are local, you will be able to make it along to see a few of our plates displayed. Further details about all the commemorative Borough events can be found on the Sutton Voice website.



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