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After an amazing 2012, what does 2013 have in store?

In many ways it’s going to be hard for Putney to have a better 2013 than it did in 2012. We didn’t just play host to one world event, but two.

Firstly there was the brilliant Diamond Jubilee celebrations that saw thousands of boats pass under Putney Bridge, with many mustering and setting off from our fair shores down at the slipway, which made the river a huge mix of colours and noise, giving some impression of what the river of old must have been like when it was  festooned with all types of working boats and river taxis.

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Then, as if that wasn’t enough, we had the women’s and men’s Olympic road cycle races come careering up the high street, make a quick right at the crossroads and then pass down the Upper Richmond Road, bringing out millions of spectators and letting the world see our lovely piece of London in all its glory.

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So what events can we look forward to in 2013? Well of course there’s the boat race, althoguh that will also have to go some to beat the drama of 2012 when that nutter Trenton Oldfield jumped into the river and almost got his head caved in by an oar, but even if that doesn’t happen, it’s always a top weekend.

Other than that, though, there’s nothing marked in our calendars but perhaps we’re overlooking some key events, so if you know of something big going on, or are hosting an event at any point this year, let us know and we’ll add it to our events calendar for the year ahead!

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Where a captain sowed his wild Oates

History remembers Captain Oates as a man who valiantly gave up his own life so others had a chance to live, he walked into the endless white of Antarctica with a “I am just going outside and may be some time” and was never seen again. His leader, Captain Scott wrote: “We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman”.

This “English gentleman”  is a Putney lad, born and raised not far down the Upper Richmond Road from 1880, with one of the many blue plaques of London placed there to commemorate this small but notably piece of history situated with our borough – you can see a close up and a wonderfully evocative full-sized portrait shot of the man too below.

So, the next time you find yourself sat on the 430, or wandering back from Putney Leisure Centre make sure you glance up at the small and simple remembrance of a local man who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his courage to try and conquer the world.

The blue plaque commemorating Captain Lawrence Oates

Large close up of Captain Oates

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