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Who would have imagined that our unimaginative Confined to Barracks government ruling is affecting more than our way of life, and very much our lives in almost every way, but also those who are no longer living.

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Sad blooms ... The government lockdown has stopped Joey's almost famous roadside monument from being decorated, perhaps for the first time in its fifteen-year history.
It's probably a good bet that cemeteries and their occupants are experiencing far less visits by relations currently.

However, the proof I see involves that astonishing memorial for a promising young sportsman beside the ultra-busy A3 near New Malden, just north of Kingston.

For the first time since the memorial to 22-year-old Joey Evans was erected on pedestrian railings - on the London-bound side near the turn-off for New Malden - following his death in a crash there 15 years ago, the almost daily floral tributes have stopped.

As I observed last year, the promising young boxer, from the nearby Swallow Park travellers' site, is remembered with fresh flowers whatever the season.


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The usual floral tribute ... Usually the memorial is bedecked in remarkably fresh flowers, as this shot from last year shows. Lockdown means that's far from how it looks today.
The flowers are replaced with fresh blooms every couple of days. Always.

The lockdown has meant for the first time, probably ever, the flowers have not been replaced. The carnations look well past their best in the pic I took a few days ago.

Today, walking from Surbiton to New Malden and back for exercise, they were lifeless.

It was an odd reminder of the very odd times we are living in.

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