Lost loved ones were remembered in a traditional Buddhist lantern ceremony at the weekend.

Almost 600 people gathered at a Long Ditton temple for the service.

Shohei Nishino, head of the Shinnyo-en centre, performed a ritual inviting audience members to write a personal message on a lantern before each was floated out burning bright across the lake in the centre's grounds on Saturday evening.

Reverend Michiko Delucia said: "The ceremony is a fantastic opportunity for our local community of Buddhists in Surbiton to get to know our neighbours even better, and connect with other faith organisations.

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Children viewing the completed lanterns before they are lit

"Lantern floating has deep roots in Shinnyo Buddhism, with the beautiful, peaceful and inclusive rite allowing people to create a moment to express personal gratitude for the past, put something positive into action in the present and nurture hope for the future."