Hundreds of crosses and poppies were laid at the foot of Brentford war memorial during a First World War centenary commemoration on Sunday (August 24).

About 50 people attended the ceremony, which had been postponed from August 10 due to the terrible weather that day. Hounslow's deputy lieutenant Maria Pedro was among the guests.

Children laid crosses around the memorial imprinted with the names of each of more than 300 soldiers listed on the memorial who fought in the conflict.

The original plan was to have a different child laying each cross but the timing of the rescheduled event meant only around 20 youngsters were able to attend.

 

Keith Thames, vice chairman of Brentford Royal British Legion, said: "We were disappointed with the numbers but pleased with how it went. The deputy lieutenant was very impressed with the fine display of crosses and poppies, which we came up with before seeing what they'd done at the Tower of London (where a sea of poppies has been created in the tower's moat to mark the centenary)."

A box of crosses has been left by the memorial outside Brentford library, in Boston Manor Road, so those who could not make it on the day can take a moment to remember those killed in the conflict before laying one of the crosses.

Other First World War centenary events in the borough this summer included the unveiling of a war memorial in Hounslow High Street and the creation of a giant rooftop poppy display in Brentford forming the number '100'.