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(Over)decorated memorial benches

Posted on by royvickery |

001020In recent years the practice of placing real or artificial flowers on memorial benches, or even planting the area around such benches as a small garden, has become increasingly popular, particularly at Christmas time and on the anniversary of the death of the person commemorated.  Sometimes an abundance of wreaths and other flowers can make the bench almost unusable for its supposed purpose of providing somewhere to sit.  The examples of over decorated benches shown here were photographed on 6 April 2016 in the grounds of the Honor Oak Crematorium, in the London Borough of Southwark.  Most of the benches in around the Crematorium were decorated with some artificial or real flowers; the two here being amongst the more heavily decorated ones.

Upper image:  artificial flowers and potted cyclamen decorating bench in memory of Chas Roberts (d. 25 July 1990).

Lower image:  artificial flowers decorating bench in memory of Ethel Lilian Wiltshire (2 October 1921 – 6 October 2002).

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