Blue skies greet Remembrance Sunday well-wishers in Wandsworth
11:10am Tuesday 13th November 2012 in News
Thousands of people turned out at church services across the borough to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.
Services were held at St Mary’s Church, Battersea, St Mary’s Church at Putney bridge, and Holy Trinity Church in Roehampton.
Glorious blue skies greeted the huge crowds at the Putney service as families paid tribute to the thousands of men and women who lost their lives at war.
Prior to the immaculately observed two minutes’ silence, the Rev Ailsa Newby read the Ode of Remembrance.
She said: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
Many of those in attendance remarked how the popularity of the service has increased in recent years.
RAF veteran Paddy Gilbert said: “I have never seen so many people at the remembrance service. It is really wonderful to see so many young people.”
The Putney and Battersea ceremonies involved ex-servicemen and women laying wreaths at their respective war memorials, which are situated outside the two churches.
In Roehampton wreaths were laid at the war memorial at Roehampton Heath, at the top of Medfield Street.