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.

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."